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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster - Flu Has Disappeared in the US
Dr KK Aggarwal,  01 March 2021
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With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1407: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, flu seems to have disappeared in the US
1.    In US, February is the peak of flu season. However, that does not seem to be the case this year.
2.    Flu seems to have disappeared from the country. There are reports at considerably lower levels than those reported in decades.
3.    Measures such as mask wearing, social distancing, and virtual schools have a major role in preventing a twindemic of flu and COVID-19. Efforts to get more and more people vaccinated against flu might also have helped.
4.   The coronavirus seems to have pulled down flu and other pathogens that are common in the fall and winter.
5.   This is the lowest flu season nationwide.
6.   Flu has been the country’s leading infectious disease threat since long. In recent past, flu has accounted for 600,000 to 800,000 annual hospitalizations and 50,000 to 60,000 deaths.
7.   Globally, flu activity has been very low in China, Europe, and in parts of the Northern Hemisphere. There has been little flu in South Africa, Australia, and other countries during the Southern Hemispheres winter months as well.
8.   One pediatric flu death has been reported thus far this season, in comparison with 92 reported at the same point during last year.
9.   Over 190 million flu vaccine doses were distributed this season. However, the number of infections is so low that the CDC won’t be able to estimate how well the vaccine worked. [Source: HT – ANI]

Dr KK Aggarwal
President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA

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