KANSAS CITY, MO. – We are reaching the peak of the flu season, but this year there is almost no flu.
CDC maps tracking the spread of the flu show that at a time when the flu is usually high or very high in every state in the country, cases that year are minimal.
In fact, last week, out of more than 40,000 tests, only 17 new cases of influenza A and B were reported across the country. This is compared to the same week last year, when more than 15,000 cases were reported, for a total of more than 200,000 cases, during the flu season.
The pediatrician Dr. Stephen Lauer recently told doctors on a recent University of Kansas Health System media outing that unlike COVID-19, children are the biggest spreaders of the flu to their families who may then bring them to their workplaces.
“This year that path has been dramatically disrupted by hand washing, masking, and a lot more home schooling and a lot more daycare at home.”
FOX4 went to the Country Club Plaza to speak to people about the soon going away with the flu.
“It’s crazy, isn’t it? Because we usually hear about the flu at this time of year and really haven’t heard of it, ”said Isis Jenkins.
Dr. Steven Stites, chief medical officer of the KU Health System, said this was the greatest evidence yet of the effectiveness of masks and other rules of infection control.
Although many people wonder when enough people might be vaccinated against COVID-19 to end mask prescriptions, there are recommendations in the medical community that disease control practices continue, especially in future flu seasons.
“We should keep doing this stuff to keep everyone safe and healthy,” said Christopher Slifer.
“It’s ingrained, and hopefully it becomes a habit for some who stay here,” Jenkins said of Americans’ newfound health awareness.
Stites also asked Lauer, “Is it bad for children not to get RSV and does influenza weaken their immune systems?”
“No, they are fine. They face many challenges and if they can avoid the severe infection their immune system is fine, ”he replied.
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