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Mysterious Disappearance Of Flu In San Diego Prompted Call For Audit Of COVID Records

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One of the most bizarre features of the alleged COVID-19 ‘global pandemic’ has been the mysterious disappearance of the seasonal flu in medical and public health record keeping. It’s as if the Flu just vanished into thin air after being the most common perennial seasonal respiratory virus.

As it turns out, recorded seasonal influenza cases have literally nosedived by 98% across the globe.

This improbable phenomenon has led a number of experts to ask, “Has Covid killed off the flu?”

“The disappearing act began as Covid-19 rolled in towards the end of our flu season in March. And just how swiftly rates have plummeted can be observed in ‘surveillance’ data collected by the World Health Organisation (WHO),” reported the UK’s Daily Mail.

WHO spokesperson, Dr Sylvie Briand, recently claimed during a press briefing that “literally there was nearly no flu in the Southern hemisphere” of the planet Earth in 2020, but gave no real explanation as to why. She then went on to extend this magical thinking saying that, “We hope that the situation will be the same in the Northern Hemisphere.”

Truly extraordinary science by the health experts at the WHO.

Earlier in December, Southern California news outlet KUSI raised the alarm which prompted an audit of COVID statistics in their region…

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – COVID-19 cases continue to increase across California, and here in San Diego County, but flu cases remain extremely low in comparison to this time in previous years.

We are well into flu season, but San Diego County’s data for flu infections only shows 36 reported cases so far this year. Carl DeMaio tweeted out this shocking revelation, comparing it to this time in other years saying, “In a typical year we get over 17,073 on average!”

DeMaio explained, “if you are going to use a set of numbers like COVID stats to shut down the economy, to take people’s livelihoods away, then we have to really look closely at what those numbers really mean, and whether those numbers are giving us the right picture.”

Continuing, “my concern has been from the get go, that we are relying on numbers from government agencies, that may have a different agenda at stake. We would benefit from having a different set of eyes looking at them, such as an auditor or a citizens review committee. Because again, the decisions being made on these data sets are sweeping, the lockdowns are far reaching in terms of their impact.”

DeMaio then said San Diego County has refused to have any look over or vet our local COVID-19 numbers.

Chairman of Reform California, Carl DeMaio, joined KUSI’s Jason Austell on Good Morning San Diego to explain why he is calling for a “full audit of the COVID-19 data we are seeing reported from our public health system.”

As different pressure groups and journalists begin to demand answers from the various health authorities, it’s becoming clear now that there has likely been some degree of widespread, systemic administrative fraud designed to over-inflate COVID-19 numbers to the detriment of every other normal seasonal illness or disease.

Paul Craig Roberts from the IPE expanded on all of this in a recent piece:

Is there no flu this year or is flu “the second wave of Covid?” Don’t expect any honest answer from health authorities. They have the fear running strong, so strong that people are submitting to needless lockdowns that are causing economic havoc to their lives and to mask mandates that do more harm than good.

What is it all about?

Is it simply about vaccine profits for Big Pharma?

Or is it about getting people accustomed to arbitrary orders unsupported by legislation? Isn’t what we are experiencing a takeover of our lives by the executive part of government?
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Its not just the flu - lots of things have "vanished" like heart attack...
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US surgeon general and Fauci push back against Trump's Covid-19 death toll claim

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US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams on Sunday said he has "no reason to doubt" the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Covid-19 death toll, contradicting President Donald Trump's claim that the agency has "exaggerated" its numbers.

"From a public health perspective, I have no reason to doubt those numbers," Adams told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" when asked about Trump's claim.

"And I think people need to be very aware that it's not just about the deaths, as we talked about earlier," he added. "It's about the hospitalizations, the capacity. These cases are having an impact in an array of ways and people need to understand there's a finish line in sight, but we've got to keep running toward it."

Earlier Sunday, Trump claimed on Twitter that the number of cases and deaths of the "China Virus is far exaggerated" because of the CDC's "ridiculous method of determination" compared to other countries, which "report, purposely, very inaccurately and low."

"'When in doubt, call it Covid,'" Trump wrote in a tweet.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House's coronavirus task force, also pushed back against the President's claim on Sunday when asked about it, telling ABC News that "the deaths are real deaths."

"In many areas of the country, the hospital beds are stretched. People are running out of beds, running out of trained personnel who are exhausted right now," Fauci said. "That's real. that's not fake. That's real."

CNN reported In September that the CDC had to double down against rumors suggesting that coronavirus deaths have been greatly exaggerated, with the agency's top expert on mortality saying people are misinterpreting standard death certificate language.
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As coronavirus death toll surpasses 350,000, Trump calls U.S. count ‘far exaggerated’
Infectious disease expert Anthony S. Fauci on Jan. 3 disputed a claim by President Trump that federal data on coronavirus deaths in the U.S. is overblown. ... story.html

President Trump on Sunday took a break from his election-focused tweetstorm to question the government’s reported counts of infections and deaths from the coronavirus. Meanwhile, despite the president’s denials, the nation’s death toll surpassed a grim milestone Sunday of more than 350,000.

Speaking on the Sunday morning news shows, the nation’s top health officials, including Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams contradicted Trump’s claim that the counts are “far exaggerated.”

“The numbers are real,” Fauci said on NBC News’s “Meet the Press.”

“We have well over 300,000 deaths. We’re averaging 2,000 to 3,000 deaths per day,” Fauci said.
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Are Coronavirus Fatality Numbers Exaggerated? ... lities.php

The CDC has admitted that their coronavirus-only fatality numbers are greatly inflated. The CDC published an update (September 1, 2020) that says that only 6% of COVID-19 deaths are due solely to the virus and that in the other 94% cases 1 or more (typically 2 or more) serious underlying health conditions were present. The press is spinning this many ways, but the bottom line is, if you are essentially healthy and do NOT have something like heart disease, diabetes, COPD, pneumonia, etc, then your odds of dying from Coronavirus are miniscule. See a news story here:

As US coronavirus death toll mounts, so does the belief by some that it is exaggerated.

Of course, the mainstream presume positively delights in announcing every COVID-19 fatality they can. You have to read a lot of different sources to discover the facts. The NY Post sais:

On Sept. 22, CNN triumphantly announced that 200,000 people had died from COVID-19 in the United States.

CNN tried various ways of rubbing in the 200,000 figure. Their best effort was an infographic blaring, �US COVID-19 deaths are equal to having the 9/11 attacks every day for 66 days.�

Here' s a less biased, but less catchy, comparison:

2020' s attributed COVID-19 deaths were equivalent to having another 2017-2018 flu and pneumonia season boosted by 13 percent.

The British Medical Journal, Lancet, says:

In the first case series of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 from Wuhan, published on Jan 24, underlying comorbidities were reported in 50% of patients (diabetes [20%], hypertension [15%], and cardiovascular disease [15%]). Subsequently, data from 122 653 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to CDC in the USA between Feb 12 and March 28, showed that approximately one third of patients had at least one underlying condition or risk factor, of which diabetes was the most frequently reported (in 10.9% of cases). Moreover, 78% of intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and 94% of deaths (where complete information on underlying conditions or risk factors was available) occurred in those with at least one underlying health condition. More recently, the first report characterising glycaemic control among patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the USA (1122 patients admitted to 88 US hospitals between March 1 and April 6) showed that approximately 40% had diabetes or uncontrolled hyperglycaemia on admission, and death rates were more than four times higher among those with diabetes or hyperglycaemia (28.8%) than those without either condition (6.2%). From the available evidence, diabetes (or more broadly poor glycaemic control) is clearly one of the most important comorbidities linked to COVID-19 severity and outcomes.

So, it can be argued that the 94% of the people who had 2 or more underlying medical conditions would have been just fine, if they had not been exposed to Coronavirus. But of course, we don't know if these people would have live one day, one week, one month or one year longer if they had not contracted COVID.

On the other hand, it is also possible that many of these people were not long for this world regardless, and may have been done in by the flu, pneumonia or something else.

It is speculation either way. It's curious how the mass media will only accept the speculation that makes COVID appear worse... and none that downplays the risks. That's not science, that's politics...

If you think this is just EHSO being a Doubting Thomas, Florida Gov. went on Fox & Friends (mid September 2020) and complained that reports of his state's COVID-19 deaths were greatly exaggerated. He used as an example a person from Orlando who had died in a motorcycle crash. DeSantis said the death

"was categorized as a COVID death just because the person had previously tested positive (for COVID). We've had other incidents in which there's no real relationship, and it's been counted. So, we want to look at that and see how pervasive that issue is as well."

In this one case, the local CBS affiliate followed up on this report : The medical examiner responded that, following the motorcycle crash, "the person was subsequently hospitalized for a long period of time, got pneumonia. It happened to be COVID pneumonia, and they died.... In that case, we did [attribute] it to COVID pneumonia."

And other cases reported that no tests for COVID were performed, the doctor or medical examined simply assigned the death to Coronavirus based on a "presumption". In other words, "I'm busy, call it COVID!"

There are many questions yet to be objectively answered:

What role and to what extent did the flu play in these reported coronavirus deaths?
Same for pneumonia and other diseases
How serious were the "2+ comorbidities" in the people who were reported dying from COVID?
What was the expected life expectancy of the people who were reported as dying from COVID, had they not had COVID?
Are there any incentives or motivations (monetary, political, etc( for hospitals, medical examiners, etc. to code a death as a COVID fatality?

Another example is Colorado

The Grand County, Colorado coroner Brenda Bock says of the 5 deaths attributed to COVID-19, 2 were actually people who died from gunshot wounds. We have found almost innumerable similar examples in other states, easily verified. Google it.
A premium paid to hospitals for calling a death "due to Coronavirus"?

While some states, like Minnesota and California, list only laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses as COVID-19 deaths, other states, like New York, list all "presumed" cases, which is allowed under guidelines from Dr. Birx and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They do not require a lab test, coding deaths based on presumptions and suspicions.. Why? The coronavirus relief legislation created a 20% premium, or add-on, for COVID-19 Medicare patients.

Sen. Scott Jensen, R-Minnesota, who is also a physician in Minnesota, said on Laura Ingraham Angle on April 8, 2020 that hospitals get paid more if Medicare patients are listed as having COVID-19 and get 3X times as much money if the patient needs a ventilator.

Dr. Jensen said, "Hospital administrators might well want to see COVID-19 attached to a discharge summary or a death certificate. Why? Because if it's a straightforward, garden-variety pneumonia that a person is admitted to the hospital for - if they're Medicare - typically, the diagnosis-related group lump sum payment would be $5,000. But if it's COVID-19 pneumonia, then it's $13,000, and if that COVID-19 pneumonia patient ends up on a ventilator, it goes up to $39,000."

Obviously, hospital administrators can pressure physicians to call deaths "probable" COVID-19, on discharge papers or death certificates to get the higher Medicare allocation allowed under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

Is this just a conspiracy theory?

Apparently not, even Snopes said it's plausible Medicare pays these fees, PolitiFact wrote, "The dollar amounts Jensen cited are roughly what we found in an analysis published April 7 by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a leading source of health information." and Ask FactCheck said "The figures cited by Jensen generally square with estimated Medicare payments for COVID-19 hospitalizations, based on average Medicare payments for patients with similar diagnoses."


Are the deaths being exaggerated? Since we don't have all the facts and access to the raw data, we simply CANNOT yet know. Time will tell. But the evidence is mounting that the system creates plenty incentive for hospital administrators to inflate the COVID-19 fatalities. Ask yourself; based on your lifetime of experience, would YOU trust a hospital administrator to be truthful when he can profit from not?

Eventually, the raw data and facts will come out.
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Scratching my head, trader. You're quoting from - "Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases." - which is one of Benivia, LLC's many sites, which simply aggregates free content as click-bait in hopes of monetizing Amazon links.

You've spent a great deal of time providing valuable information complete with time-consuming formatting and links. TY.

The other side of the "Mysterious Disappearance ..." story is from a more credible source (understatement). ... inflated1/
Debunking the False Claim That COVID Death Counts Are Inflated
> President Trump and other conspiracy fantasists touted the fake claim that COVID death counts are exaggerated. But three kinds of evidence point to more than 350,000 deaths*
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Howzitgoing ,

Some sites are what they are , and I do make an effort to balance out all aspects of a topic . That same article quoted the BMJ Lancet , so it did present 2 different sources.

Topics can get highly opinionated , and politicized along the way , and as time marches on , and more is learned , you also find that science too is always changing , as more things are discovered.

I'm sure you followed the timeline on the topic of Aerosolized Transmission here on the forum . I use that as a example of science changing as knowledge increases.
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As coronavirus rages, influenza cases are almost nonexistent this year


Count it as a silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic: Michigan -- and most of the United States --- is experiencing one of its lightest influenza seasons on record.

How light?

A year ago, influenza was deemed “widespread” in Michigan by the federal Centers of Disease Control, and a survey of 34 Michigan health-care officers found a collective 321 outpatient visits for flu-like symptoms during the third week of January.

The third week of January 2021? Twenty-four office visits for flu-link symptoms.

Hospitalizations also are down dramatically. A survey of heath-care systems in five Michigan counties has reported only six influenza-related hospitalizations total since Oct. 1. By the same time last year, the five counties had 318 hospitalizations involving confirmed flu cases, according to the Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Project.

In Grand Rapids, Spectrum Health has yet to have a patient with a positive influenza test this season, said Dr. Liam Sullivan, a Spectrum physician who specializes in infectious disease.

“And the number of tests we’re doing this year is quite a bit higher” since doctors also are screening for COVID-19, Sullivan said.

Dr. Frank Rosenblat, an infectious disease specialist for McLaren Health Care in Oakland County, reports a similar situation on his side of the state.

“It’s really astounding how limited flu illness has been this year,” Rosenblat said.

And Michigan isn’t an outlier, Rosenblat said, pointing to the online “flu map” at the federal for Centers of Disease Control website, which tracks influenza rates across the country. “Almost the whole map is green, which means there’s minimal flu activity,” he said.

Sullivan and Rosenblat said that health-care providers are confident this isn’t a case where influenza cases are being misdiagnosed as COVID-19. That’s because health-care providers have been aggressive about testing, and to be counted as a confirmed COVID-19 case, the patient has to have a positive coronavirus test. The two doctors said that when patients present with symptoms that could be either flu or COVID, lab tests are ordered to check for both.

“We are very good about testing for both of them, and and we have a panel that includes all the circulating flu viruses and coronavirus on it,” Sullivan said. “And we’re not seeing influenza right now.”

As to why influenza cases are down so much this year, Sullivan and Rosenblat cite a number of reasons, all related to COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

A big factor, they say, is that most schools have been closed. “Usually, small children act as a vector for flu and bring it back to their households,” and that’s not happening this year, Rosenblat said. Also, with so many people working at home, individuals are much less likely to catch flu at the office.

Moreover, the standard measures that many people are taking to prevent coronavirus -- masking, social distancing and washing their hands frequently -- work even better against influenza, which is a less contagious disease than COVID-19.

It also helps that more people have gotten flu shots this flu season, and Rosenblat said that it’s possible that this season’s vaccine could be more effective.

“We assume a lot of (the decline in flu) is because of social distancing and working and going to school remotely and all of that,” Rosenblat said. “But we can’t totally discount the possibility that maybe we just had a really good year in terms of the flu vaccine, and that’s helping with everything.”

In fact, Rosenblat and Sullivan still strongly urge people to get a flu vaccine, saying it’s still possible for flu to surge.

“Influenza is weird,” Sullivan said. “H1N1 started in May. Flu seasons are unpredictable, and surges can start at any time. So definitely, get your flu shot.”
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Fears of a 'twindemic' are over: The US has seen a 98% drop in flu hospitalizations, likely due to COVID-19 measures

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Experts worried the winter would bring a "twindemic" of flu and the coronavirus.

But the US and UK, along with most of the globe, are experiencing historically mild flu seasons.

COVID-19 public-health measures blunted the flu's spread, experts say.

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Public-health experts prepared for a "twindemic" as fall approached last year: a double threat of the coronavirus and the seasonal flu.

But even as cold, dry weather descended on the Northern Hemisphere and COVID-19 cases surged, the US and UK have experienced historically mild flu seasons.

Between October 1 and January 30, just 155 Americans were hospitalized with the flu, compared to 8,633 during roughly the same time frame a year ago. That's a 98% decrease. Labs in the US have collected and tested more than half a million samples for the flu since late September, but just 0.2% of those samples tested positive (1,300 in total), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Every US state is experiencing "minimal" flu activity, the agency reported. That's in contrast from last season, when 22,000 Americans died of the flu.

A likely driver of the unusually low infection and hospitalization rates is COVID-19. Measures meant to slow or prevent the coronavirus' spread have also stopped other pathogens like influenza, according to Sonja Olsen, a CDC epidemiologist at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

"Measures including extensive reductions in global travel, teleworking, school closures, social distancing, and face mask use may have played a role," she told Insider. Olsen noted, however, that it's challenging to tease out precisely which of those measures mattered most for flu prevention.

'I don't think anybody anticipated a season where there was no flu'.

Across the globe, influenza activity is at lower levels than expected for this time of the year, according to the World Health Organization. Since the start of the pandemic, the Southern Hemisphere has had "virtually no influenza circulation," the CDC reported.

That's despite increased testing for flu in some countries, according to Olsen.

"There is some influenza circulating in tropical countries, but in these countries it appears that the season is blunted compared to other years," she said.

David Battinelli, chief medical officer at Northwell Health and a professor of medicine at Hofstra University, told Insider that experts had always "hoped that social distancing, masking, and more hand hygiene would mitigate the flu."

"But I don't think anybody anticipated a season where there was no flu," he said, adding, "nobody's seen it on the whole planet."

Flu season usually peaks in February, so it's likely the US is in the clear, but Battinelli warned it's too soon for a sigh of relief.

"Flu seasons can extend certainly into March," he said. In the last 40 years, six flu seasons peaked in March, according to the CDC.

Why coronavirus restrictions worked so well against the flu.

Influenza doesn't spread as well as the coronavirus. The average number of people one person with the flu infects - a measure known as the reproductive number - is 1.28. Typically, someone sick with the coronavirus passes it onto between 2 and 2.5 people. In part, this difference is because the coronavirus can be airborne, remaining suspended in the air for hours. That's not true of the flu, though viruses can jump from person to person via respiratory droplets and contaminated surfaces.

The coronavirus' higher reproductive number "means it is more challenging to prevent transmission through non-pharmaceutical interventions than it is for influenza," Olsen said.

What's more, existing immunity in the population - whether from previous infections or vaccinations - can also boost the effects of public-health measures like masking, resulting in a more dramatic reduction in transmission, Olsen said.

The flu vaccine has been around for more than 75 years. Vaccine manufacturers projected that they will supply the US with as many as 194 to 198 million doses of influenza vaccine for the 2020-2021 season, according to Olsen.

"Contrast this against a novel coronavirus, to which nearly the entire population is susceptible," she said.

Research also shows that superspreader events - a circumstance in which one person infects a disproportionately large number of others -are the primary way the coronavirus spreads, unlike the flu.

Decreased travel played a larger preventative role than flu shots

CDC data suggests US pharmacies and physicians' offices administered more flu vaccines to Americans this season than the one prior, when Americans got 174.5 million doses. That increase came after public-health experts pushed people to get flu shots; some research suggested the shot could reduce the risk of getting COVID-19.

But Olsen said it's unlikely the extra vaccinations were the reason for low flu case counts globally.

"While some places in the world are using more vaccine, this is not universally true," Olsen said. "We have seen less influenza circulation even in places that do not use, or use very little, vaccine."

Both Olsen and Battinelli think a drop in travel did play a significant role, however.

"The traditional movement of flu around the globe hasn't occurred," Battinelli said.

Typically, the flu gets ferried from the Southern Hemisphere, which has its flu season between April and September, to the North Hemisphere in the fall. But travel bans and limited air travel mostly stopped that spread.
'We would expect influenza to return at some point'

Experts don't think a non-existent flu season will become a regular occurrence, and a study from Cambodia suggests that influenza will start circulating if pandemic-related restrictions are lifted.

"We would expect influenza to return at some point," Olsen said.

Still, the emergence of more transmissible coronavirus variants and the slow pace of global vaccinations may mean the pandemic will extend into 2022, necessitating another year of rigorous masking and social distancing. If that's the case, Battinelli thinks next year's flu season will be similarly mild.

To him, the takeaway from this unprecedented season is that Americans have the ability to actively limit flu transmission - and prevent tens of thousands of flu deaths - by masking up, social distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene.

"This is a wake-up call that we shouldn't be tolerating that many deaths," Battinelli said.

What's more, existing immunity in the population - whether from previous infections or vaccinations - can also boost the effects of public-health measures like masking, resulting in a more dramatic reduction in transmission, Olsen said.
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What happened to “flu season?” In the age of COVID, “the flu” has been reclassified as coronavirus, says epidemiologist

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A few months ago, some infectious disease experts began warning that it would extremely difficult, as the COVID-19 pandemic lingered into the fall, for frontline healthcare providers to determine if sickness was due to the novel coronavirus or good, old-fashioned influenza.

The reason, they said, is that in many respects, flu symptoms could and would mimic COVID-19 symptoms.

But according to one epidemiologist, that problem has been solved by the ‘powers that be’: Simply reclassify flu cases as COVID-19 illnesses — that way, “flu cases” will go down this year while Joe Biden’s authoritarian Democrats get to continue ‘justifying’ perpetual lockdowns and theft of our liberty and freedom.

Per Just the News:

Rates of influenza have remained persistently low through late 2020 and into 2021, cratering from levels a year ago and raising the puzzling specter of sharply reduced influenza transmission rates even as positive tests for COVID-19 have shattered numerous records over the last several weeks.

Where have all the flu cases gone?

Epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski thinks he can answer the riddle.

“Influenza has been renamed COVID in large part,” Wittkowski, the former head of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design at Rockefeller University, told the outlet.

“There may be quite a number of influenza cases included in the ‘presumed COVID’ category of people who have COVID symptoms (which Influenza symptoms can be mistaken for), but are not tested for SARS RNA,” he added.

Such patients, he explained, “also may have some SARS RNA sitting in their nose while being infected with Influenza, in which case the influenza would be ‘confirmed’ to be COVID.”

You know, like when you die from a gunshot wound or a car accident but just happen to test positive for the novel coronavirus, it’s listed as a COVID death.

But don’t just take our word for it or that of Wittkowski; the government’s own data shows that something fishy is going on, which has been par for the course when it comes to misrepresenting the threat of this virus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent weekly influenza surveillance tracker, cumulative positive flu rates from late September to mid-December only stands at 0.2 percent, according to clinical labs that test for the virus. That compares to last year’s very typical 8.7 percent cumulative.

Weekly comparisons of data from last year and this year show an even starker difference: A year ago this week, the positive flu rate was 22 percent, but this year it’s just 0.1 percent.

Some have attempted to explain the humongous difference in flu infections by claiming that mask-wearing, social distancing, and even lockdowns are making the difference.

Timothy Sly, an epidemiology professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, told the outlet that “the reduced incidence of seasonal influenza is almost certainly due to the protection that a large proportion of the population has been using for many months.” Those measures, he said, are “designed to be effective against any airborne respiratory virus.”

And Holden Maecker, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University, agreed. “I feel pretty confident that the COVID-19 mitigation measures have caused the reduction in flu cases this year,” he told Just the News. “Masks, social distancing, and hand washing are all effective counter-measures against colds and flu.”
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