‘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 12 months’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 faculty dorm refrigerator-sized).

That’s nearly definitely due to the coronavirus mitigation efforts which have helped flatten the COVID-19 curve, at the same time as our ex-pr*sident did all the pieces in his energy to safe our spot within the report 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?”

After all, 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 a great 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 stories coming in at far decrease ranges than something seen in many years.

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

Nationally, “that is the bottom flu season we’ve had on report,” based on a surveillance system that’s about 25 years outdated, mentioned Lynnette Brammer of the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.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 Individuals every year, “small” most likely isn’t the appropriate option to describe this.

One doable partial clarification for these decrease numbers, based on the AP, is that COVID-19 has “basically muscled apart flu and different bugs” that are likely to emerge within the winter. Scientists don’t totally perceive this phenomenon, however it has been noticed previously with competing flu strains.

That mentioned, 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 Heart in Portland, informed 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, based on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, just one pediatric flu dying has been reported within the U.S. versus 92 at this identical level final 12 months.

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 realize, that would be a perk.

Social distancing? Erm, properly, I’ve just about all the time performed 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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