United States: The US influenza season seems to be ending, which spanned over for a while, however as per the health experts, it wasn’t particularly harsh.

For the third straight week, the occurrence of flu-like illness visits to medical spots dropped under the threshold of the active season of Flu for the past three weeks, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this Friday.

Moreover, the other markers, such as the decrease in hospitalization and test activity, also demonstrate this scenario.

Until recently, there has been a low percentage of influenza activity reported by every state. Only in New England has there been the kind of clinical visits that are typical of an index flu season, albeit this is seen as a mild flu activity, as US News reported.

About the Flu and its severe phase

Since October, the causes of at least 34 million sicknesses, 380 thousand hospitalizations, and 24 thousand deaths have been excluded by Flu, as best available CDC estimates. According to the agency, 148 children in cases of Flu have died.

CDC experts stated that a “moderate” flu season, is being confirmed over the course of the current flu season by other doctors.

Dr. Jay Varkey, infectious disease physician at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, said, even during the peak season, “we felt strained but never over-capacitated,” as US News reported.

Representation for a female dealing with influenza

He added, “It felt more like a traditional respiratory virus season than when we had massive upswings of COVID confounding it.”

More about this season’s milder flu strain

According to the officials, for the most part of the flu season, most of the infection was contributed by the milder flu strain, which, fortunately, matched with the seasonal flu vaccines available.

Initial research done in February indicated that the vaccination is about 40 percent effective in adults, meaning that they won’t have to visit a doctor’s office or a hospital only in case they get sick from the flu, as US News reported.

About COVID-19’s flu-like symptoms

However, COVID-19 illnesses appeared to on rise during the same time, when the people who have the Flu illness seem to get better. As a result, similar to the respiratory related symptoms of another virus, RSV, illnesses kept communities isolated and the economy depressed.

CDC data indicates that this winter season has been questioning coronavirus to the point where virus-related hospitalizations haven’t hit the same point as they did last winter.

At the beginning of this year, Covid had built up so many people that it would be more than the numbers of the flu. Yet, currently, the number of hospitalizations remains at the same level, according to CDC data.

The way to count the number of sick weeks that people actually had doctor’s appointments for flu-like symptoms. But with COVID-19 that flu-like symptoms tendency made that harder. Presently, the facility has changed its focus from high number of samples to the number of weeks that a majority of specimens tested positive for Flu.

The 2023-2024 influenza season, which began the early 2023 preflight phase, was extended by 21 weeks. Before the deployment of current measure, flu seasons having ended before the pandemic tended to extend between 11 to 21 weeks.


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