Thousands of American lives have been misplaced to the novel coronavirus this previous 12 months, however one traditionally deadly sickness has taken a backseat this season: the flu, which, in keeping with federal well being estimates, has killed just one baby this 12 months.
For context, almost 200 pediatric lives had been misplaced through the 2019-2020 flu season, in keeping with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
There have been simply 1,499 medical laboratory-confirmed circumstances of influenza this 12 months, per estimates from the CDC, which additionally exhibits that flu-related hospitalizations are considerably decrease this season in comparison with seasons previous.
Between Oct. 1 — the beginning of flu season — and Feb, 20, there have been some 183 laboratory-confirmed influenza hospitalizations, representing an general cumulative hospitalization fee of 0.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, per the CDC.
“This is far decrease than common for this level within the season and decrease than charges for any season since routine knowledge assortment started in 2005, together with the low severity 2011-12 season. During the 2011-12 season, the speed was 2.2 instances greater right now within the season. Hospitalization charges stratified by age can be offered as soon as case counts enhance to a degree that produces steady charges by age,” the company says.
Experts who beforehand spoke to Fox News on the nation’s decrease than ordinary flu exercise this 12 months stated that preventative measures to guard in opposition to COVID-19 — resembling sporting masks, social distancing, frequent handwashing, and avoiding indoor crowds — have possible performed a task in holding the flu at bay.
School closures additionally possible performed a task, as early analysis suggests children transmit the influenza virus higher than they do COVID-19, Dr. Abisola Olulade, a household medication doctor in California, stated on the time.
Olulade additionally identified that whereas some could recommend that folks weren’t testing for the flu amid coronavirus, the positivity fee of those that had been remained decrease than ordinary, which signifies that the viral unfold locally was certainly low, and never a matter of what check was carried out.
Fox News’ Alexandria Hein contributed to this report.