MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With a lot give attention to COVID, it’s possible you’ll discover there’s been hardly any speak about individuals getting the flu.
Infectious illness knowledgeable Dr. Aileen Marty says there’s a purpose for that.
“It’s due to what we’ve finished to attempt to management COVID that result in an enormous discount in influenza worldwide,” she mentioned.
In response to Facilities for Illness Management web site, two years in the past there have been 35 million flu instances, 490,000 hospitalizations and 34,000 associated deaths.
When you take a look at the CDC monitoring map, you’d see all inexperienced – which means low or no flu instances nationwide.
Of the 382,000 flu checks, there’s solely 218 confirmed instances nationwide. And there’s been one pediatric loss of life nationwide this flu season.
“Simply the gap alone helps tremendously in lowering the unfold of influenza. The shortage of shaking arms. Shaking arms has at all times been a beautiful method of transmitting influenza. We’re not doing that as of late,” Dr. Marty mentioned.
Unknowingly, masks, social distance, washing arms and staying house has crushed the flu season to one thing we haven’t seen in a long time.
Within the state of Florida, the discount in flu instances has been exponential.
In response to the Florida Division of Well being, the complete state is inexperienced, which signifies tremendous low flu numbers.
There are one to 2 flu instances in simply 4 counties.
Broward Well being has seen just a few instances.
“There’s no query it’s down, low prevalence – and that’s throughout the board. That’s Broward, South Florida, nationwide to be sincere,” mentioned Dr. Evan Boyar.
Dr. Boyar, the director of emergency providers at Broward Well being, has handled fewer sufferers for the flu this season.
He nonetheless encourages his sufferers to get the flu shot and mitigate publicity by following COVID protocol.
So have we eradicated the flu? No. However Dr. Boyar believes we all know what works to stop the flu, and we’re higher located to cope with future flu seasons.
“I feel basically we’re in higher place to deal with that. Whether or not that’s how we educate our sufferers on whether or not the search or implement a telehealth go to versus an actual time go to. Whether or not it’s issues we focus on to mitigate some of these sicknesses,” he mentioned.
Dr. Boyar expects to see a spike in flu numbers subsequent season – particularly with youngsters heading again to high school and adults heading again to work.
It’s how we conduct ourselves that may make a distinction.
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