Monday 21 September 2020
An American report revealed that the flu season is expected to be very light this year thanks to the measures already taken to address the disease Covid-19, according to what was published by the American site Live Science.
The new report issued by the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that a team of researchers noticed that influenza activity in the United States is currently down to “its lowest historical levels,” in addition to data from the Southern Hemisphere, which has just entered the winter season. It showed “practically no spread of influenza infection,” according to “Al-Arabiya”.
Causes and precautionary measures
But because there is no certainty when it comes to influenza season, especially during the possible second wave of the epidemic, experts recommend the importance of preparing to take all necessary precautions to avoid infection with either influenza or Covid-19 in the fall and winter seasons, which begin with getting the flu vaccine. .
The report also indicates that influenza activity in the United States decreased sharply in March, coinciding clearly with the spread of Covid-19 on a large scale across the country. It is likely that among the causes of a decrease in influenza activity are school closures and stay-at-home measures, in addition to physical distancing and wearing protective masks.
In general, the number of samples provided by US laboratories for influenza tests (an indicator of influenza activity) decreased by 61%, from about 50,000 samples per week from September 2019 through February 2020, to 19,500 samples per week from March to May of this year. Perhaps most surprisingly, there was a 98% decrease in the number of samples that tested positive for influenza during this time, from 19% to 0.3%.
During the summer season, influenza activity remained very low, with only 0.2% of samples testing positive from May through August, compared to 2.35% during the same period in 2019, 1.04% in 2018, and 2.36% in 2017. According to the CDC report.
Flu activity was also minimal in the Southern Hemisphere, with 51 positive influenza tests among more than 83,000 people tested in Australia, Chile and South Africa, an average of just 0.06% during the April-July 2020 period (the autumn and winter seasons in the hemisphere) Southern, or in other words, the peak season of influenza).
In contrast, from April to July in the years 2017 to 2019, nearly 14%, or 24,000 of the 178,000 people with influenza, were tested positive in the three countries.
Recommendations for the present and the future
The CDC report stated that researchers emphasized that if the same strategies and precautions continued during the fall, “influenza activity in the United States may remain low or may delay the influenza season.”
The report emphasized that adherence to precautionary measures and obtaining the influenza vaccine will reduce the risk of infection and will also help reduce the burden on the various bodies entrusted with providing health care.
The researchers recommend that, in the future, there may be a trend to implement some pandemic precautionary measures during seasons with high activity for the influenza virus, especially among those most vulnerable to influenza complications.
Millions of casualties around the world
In addition, the new Corona virus has killed at least 953,025 people in the world since the WHO office in China reported the outbreak of the disease at the end of December, according to a census prepared by Agence France-Presse based on official sources at 11:00 am Saturday morning.
More than 30,556,040 cases of the virus have been officially registered since the start of the outbreak, of which, to date, at least 20,629,000 people have recovered.
The United States is the country most affected by the number of deaths and injuries, with 198,597 deaths out of 6,725,044 injuries, according to the Johns Hopkins University census. At least 2,556,465 people have recovered.
After the United States, the countries most affected by the epidemic are Brazil, which recorded 135,793 deaths out of 4,495,183 injuries, then India with 85,619 deaths (5,308,014 injuries), Mexico with 72,803 deaths (688,954 injuries) and Britain with 41,732 deaths (385,936 injuries).