We have eradicated the common flu bug! All Hail the great and powerful Covid 19.
In the third week of 2021, clinical laboratories nationwide tested 23,549 specimens for influenza. Of those, just 0.3 percent (65 tests) turned up positive â€” a number that is, to put it mildly, absolutely wild.
â€œNormally, this time of year, weâ€™d be running 20 to 30 percent positive,â€ said Lynnette Brammer, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionâ€™s Domestic Influenza Surveillance team.
Although the U.S. continues to struggle with COVID-19, it has apparently beaten the flu into submission. Since the end of September, the combined total of positive flu cases identified by both public health and clinical labs is fewer than 1,500. There are high schools with more people in them. The phenomenon is not only in the United States â€” worldwide, rates of influenza are nearly off-the-charts low. When you line multiple years up on the same graph, it can even look like there are no cases of flu this year. Thatâ€™s how out of step we are with the norm.https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-covid-19-ended-flu-season-before-it-started/