Although we have all been on virtual lockdown for almost 18 months, the COVID-19 pandemic could possibly have a silver lining, according to a new report.
“Researchers say two common strains of seasonal influenza have apparently disappeared from circulation, probably due to public health measures such as masking aimed at curbing the covid-19 pandemic,” Gizmodo reported. “While it will take time to confirm the disappearing action, the unexpected good news may make it easier to develop the flu from next season.”
“It simply came to our notice then none influenza circulating, ”Greg Poland, who has studied the disease at the Mayo Clinic for decades, told Scientific America. “The United States saw about 600 deaths due to influenza in the 2020-2021
But USA Today said in a fact check that it is difficult to assess the data.
“One is an estimate of the burden of influenza based on a mathematical model, and the other refers to data reported in the U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report from the U.S. Influenza Surveillance System,” Kate Grusich, a CDC public relations specialist, told the paper.
Surveillance data can drastically underrepresent the true burden of influenza in the United States, so statistical models are used to estimate the annual number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. This was something that the CDC could not do for the 2020-2021 season because low flu activity meant there was not enough data to make estimates.
The CDC maintains both sets of tracks because they serve different purposes, Grusich said. Monitoring helps track how the flu progresses each week to week, while the model-based estimates are a more accurate overall representation of the number of cases and deaths.
But with the virus taking off amid vaccination-driven nationwide, many states are moving to lift restrictions, including removing mask needs and reopening restaurants and bars. This leads to more cases of colds according to a new report.
“When more people pull out of their bubble and take off the mask, some catch what they call ‘resurrection cold,'” the CBS subsidiary in New York reported.
“Dr. Perry Halkitis with Rutgers says it goes around and you can catch it no matter how healthy or strong your immunity is. “It’s a natural phenomenon. “People interact with each other again, do not wash their hands, cough at each other, interact and spread disease,” Halkitis told the station.
But COVID-19 cases are crashing, according to the CDC.
“As of May 1, 2021, 82%, 63%, and 42% of adults aged ≥65, 50-64, and 18-49, respectively, had received ≥1 vaccine dose,” the CDC reported Monday. “From November 29 – December 12, 2020 to April 18 – May 1, 2021, the incidence of COVID-19 incidence, emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths among adults aged 65 years (≥70 years for admissions) to adults at the age of 18-49 years, 40%, 59%, 65% and 66%, respectively, decreased. ”
“The greater decline in COVID-19 morbidity and mortality in older adults, the age group with the highest vaccination rates, shows the potential impact of increasing vaccination coverage at the population level,” the health agency said.
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