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General Category => National News/Current Events => Topic started by: Wingnut on February 04, 2021, 03:27:55 PM

Title: How COVID-19 Ended Flu Season Before It Started
Post by: Wingnut on February 04, 2021, 03:27:55 PM
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 — a number that is, to put it mildly, absolutely wild.

“Normally, this time of year, we’d be running 20 to 30 percent positive,” said Lynnette Brammer, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’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 — 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. That’s how out of step we are with the norm.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-covid-19-ended-flu-season-before-it-started/
Title: Re: How COVID-19 Ended Flu Season Before It Started
Post by: PeteS in CA on February 04, 2021, 04:06:16 PM
Apparently some of the anti-Covid measures are more effective against influenza viruses.
Title: Re: How COVID-19 Ended Flu Season Before It Started
Post by: Wingnut on February 04, 2021, 04:14:03 PM
Apparently some of the anti-Covid measures are more effective against influenza viruses.

The three commonsense measures for certain.   Wash your hands. Don't touch your face, and social distancing.   

Face diaper wearing is ineffective.
Title: Re: How COVID-19 Ended Flu Season Before It Started
Post by: XenaLee on February 04, 2021, 04:14:28 PM
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 — a number that is, to put it mildly, absolutely wild.

“Normally, this time of year, we’d be running 20 to 30 percent positive,” said Lynnette Brammer, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’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 — 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. That’s how out of step we are with the norm.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-covid-19-ended-flu-season-before-it-started/ (https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-covid-19-ended-flu-season-before-it-started/)

Ok, for the sake of brevity.... can I just post the initials this time?   

Gee, ISITY!!!   


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Title: Re: How COVID-19 Ended Flu Season Before It Started
Post by: sneakypete on February 04, 2021, 06:43:29 PM
That's odd. I have had the "regular,unleaded 'murikan flu" twice this year,with a break of maybe 3 days from one to the other one.

Nunna that fancy imported Chinese designer flu for me!
Title: Re: How COVID-19 Ended Flu Season Before It Started
Post by: verga on February 05, 2021, 07:54:43 AM
Now if we could just find a way for it to cure Cancer, Heart disease, and Diabetes.....