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This data, from the CDC as of its latest update, would make you wounder why the Corona-virus is getting so much attention?
Let’s put things into perspective, the total Corona-virus cases in the whole world, as of this writing is 108,139 cases with 3,669 deaths.
It would appear that the “regular” flu numbers, 45 million cases, and up to 46,000 deaths are more alarming…
Flu Update: March 2020 Numbers Are In
March 4, 2020
While the public deals with the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to New York State and major regions of the United States, flu season remains underway with the latest data being reported by the CDC.
So far this season, there have been 45 million flu illnesses, at least 300,000 hospitalizations, and up to 46,000 deaths from flu, of which more than 100 are pediatric–a higher total at this point of the year than any season in the past decade.
In Monroe County, there have been 4,699 confirmed cases and 10 deaths since October 1.
The CDC reports that the percentage of deaths attributed to flu and pneumonia is 6.8%, which is below the epidemic threshold of 7.3%. But this year’s strain is unusual compared to previous years.
Read how to prevent and treat the flu
Influenza B Appeared Earlier
This year, Influenza B appeared earlier than usual. Traditionally, Influenza A appears earlier than Influenza B, but that was not the case to begin 2020.