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How Covid precautions have kept flu cases low

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The United States has recorded just over 1,000 cases of the flu since September 2020, which is unusually low, Sara Kiley Watson reports for Popular Science.

During the same time period last winter, the country recorded over 65,000 cases of the flu. But in the last year, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed a lot about the way that people act to prevent the spread of disease. Precautions like wearing masks, taking extra care when washing hands, and keeping activities outdoors and at a distance from others have all been implemented to slow the spread of Covid-19. The same measures may have stymied the spread of influenza and other seasonal viruses.

Countries across the Northern Hemisphere are seeing a quiet flu season. In England, flu cases are about one-twentieth of the usual cases at this time of year, Linda Geddes reports for the Guardian. The Southern Hemisphere saw a similar phenomenon between June and August, when influenza cases usually peak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in September.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-covid-19-precautions-have-kept-flu-cases-low-180976786/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/10/gp-england-drop-common-cold-flu-cases-coronavirus-restrictions

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6937a6.htm

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stevewinn

Its simply astounding how they simply explain away reduced deaths from influenza. wearing masks, lockdowns, washing hands. the question is how has covid replaced influenza.

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