…. and the Corona virus killed the flu. Totally.
Coronavirus Forever: Fauci Fails to Dismiss Fears of ‘Monster’ Variant
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday failed to dismiss concerns over the potential for a “monster” coronavirus variant emerging, asserting there is “always a risk” of that occurring.
When asked about the potential for the situation to devolve “beyond Delta to monster variant” on Tuesday, Fauci did not dismiss the concern. Rather, he used it as a means to promote the Biden administration’s vaccination efforts.
If you’ve been thinking the flu has virtually disappeared from our lives, you’re not wrong. Cases hit an all-time low in Australia this year. | ABC News
If you have been thinking the flu has virtually disappeared from our lives, you are not wrong.
- Experts say we have never, and probably will never see such low cases of the flu again
- Researchers say the flu will return when international borders reopen, but how severe is unknown
- Doctors say the flu vaccine is still our best protection against a future outbreak
Before COVID-19 arrived, the number of influenza cases was reaching some of its highest levels, with 313,033 notifications of laboratory-confirmed influenza across Australia in 2019 — 2.7 times higher than the five-year average — and 953 deaths.
In 2020, there were more than 20,000 notifications to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) and 37 deaths.
This year, to August 29, just 484 cases were recorded and zero deaths.
Perhaps surprisingly, almost half of those were in Queensland, with 235 cases, but experts do not have an answer as to why.
Victoria recorded just 75 cases, New South Wales recorded 61 and the next highest was just 31 in the Northern Territory.
WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza’s deputy director, Professor Ian Barr, said the majority of the cases were detected in quarantine, coming in from overseas, particularly from India.
“They have been having ongoing influenza circulation for the last three or four months,” he said.
“It’s not surprising we’re picking up a few coming from quarantine.”