The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) released its report on the flu cases in the early part of this winter. They reported that in the United States, cases of the flu were down 98%. Almost all of this report’s data was gathered before any COVID vaccine was available, although regular flu vaccinations were the highest on record. However, flu shots alone are not enough to explain why flu cases are down so much.
The CDCP attributes the decrease in flu cases to the following:
1) Mask wearing.
2) Fewer people traveling
3) COVID prevention measures such as working from home and school closings
4) Flu shots
It would appear that flu cases are down because of some of the things we don’t like about the COVID-19 pandemic. We should keep that in mind to say healthy in the future.
— John N. Clayton © 2021
References: NBCNews.com and the Week, January 22, 2021.