‘If masks and social distancing don’t work, then what the hell occurred to the flu?’

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Seems I’m not alone. This yr’s flu season—lengthy feared because the second head of a twin-headed monster—has been decidedly extra Matt Gaetz mind than Matt Gaetz skull (i.e., walnut-sized versus school dorm refrigerator-sized).

That’s nearly actually due to the coronavirus mitigation efforts which have helped flatten the COVID-19 curve, whilst our ex-pr*sident did all the things in his energy to safe our spot within the file books.

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For the nontweeterers: “Severe query: If masks and social distancing don’t work, then what the hell occurred to the flu?”

In fact, that man is a medical physician, so Qonservatives will naturally dismiss his pointed query out of hand and/or counter with one thing Donald Trump learn off the again of a Fortunate Charms field, however Dr. Ghali raises an excellent level. What occurred to the annual flu season, which has historically been a lethal killer in its personal proper?

The AP:

Flu has nearly disappeared from the U.S., with experiences coming in at far decrease ranges than something seen in a long time.

Specialists say that measures put in place to fend off the coronavirus — masks sporting, social distancing and digital education — had been a giant think about stopping a “twindemic” of flu and COVID-19. A push to get extra folks vaccinated towards flu most likely helped, too, as did fewer folks touring, they are saying.

Nationally, “that is the bottom flu season we’ve had on file,” in keeping with a surveillance system that’s about 25 years outdated, stated Lynnette Brammer of the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

Within the midst of a brutal pandemic, we’ll take these small victories. Although when you think about that flu sometimes kills tens of 1000’s of People annually, “small” most likely isn’t the precise option to describe this.

One potential partial clarification for these decrease numbers, in keeping with the AP, is that COVID-19 has “primarily muscled apart flu and different bugs” that are likely to emerge within the winter. Scientists don’t absolutely perceive this phenomenon, but it surely has been noticed prior to now with competing flu strains.

That stated, the drop in flu circumstances has been outstanding. And it’s occurred throughout the nation. Dr. Nate Mick, head of the emergency division at Maine Medical Middle in Portland, instructed the AP: “I’ve seen zero documented flu circumstances this winter.” In the meantime, in Oregon, Salem Hospital’s affiliated respiratory clinics have additionally been flu-free.

As well as, in keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, just one pediatric flu loss of life has been reported within the U.S. versus 92 at this similar level final yr.

That’s a pleasant, comforting ray of sunshine within the midst of a darkish, miserable winter.

Personally, I hate getting sick. I’ll put on a masks in shops and film theaters for the remainder of my life. And never simply because I don’t wish to be acknowledged. However, you recognize, that would be a perk.

Social distancing? Erm, properly, I’ve just about at all times executed that.

What about you? Are you going to maintain masking after that is throughout? Let me know within the accompanying ballot.

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