NEW YORK (AP) — February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors’ offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not this year.
Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades.
Experts say that measures put in place to fend off the coronavirus — mask wearing, social distancing and virtual schooling — were a big factor in preventing a “twindemic” of flu and COVID-19. A push to get more people vaccinated against flu probably helped, too, as did fewer people traveling, they say.
Another possible explanation: The coronavirus has essentially muscled aside flu and other bugs that are more common in the fall and winter. Scientists don’t fully understand the mechanism behind that, but it would be consistent with patterns seen when certain flu strains predominate over others, said Dr. Arnold Monto, a flu expert at the University of Michigan.
Nationally, “this is the lowest flu season we’ve had on record,” according to a surveillance system that is about 25 years old, said Lynnette Brammer of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US
By MIKE STOBBE
Dollars to donuts, the flu has been merely rebranded as COVID to reach certain political goals, “to keep those numbers up”.
The question who benefits is something more people need to start asking. For as a certainty, the general public has not benefited by the impoverishing, disruptive and psychically crippling lockdowns over a disease with a 99.995% survival rate.
I prefer Dr. Philipp Bagus’ viewpoint on the current manufactured medical hysteria, to whatever the carefully selected “experts” say.