February 23, 2021
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Source: Healio Interviews
Disclosures: Biddinger, Duchin, Schaffner and Uyeki report no relevant financial disclosures.
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According to the CDC, influenza activity this season has been “unusually low,” with rates of hospitalization as of late January that were similar to 2011-2012 — the least severe season in the past decade.
According to experts, preventive measures to control COVID-19 transmission are the reason why.
Paul D. Biddinger, MD, director of the Center for Disaster Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, said flu almost went away and almost overnight after COVID-19 mitigation measures were put in place last year.
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