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According to the CDC -

The week of April 4 was the last week in-season influenza burden estimates will be provided for the 2019-2020 season.

 

Screenshot_2020-05-03 Preliminary In-Season 2019-2020 Flu Burden Estimates.png

 

Course, the count has gotten somewhat muddled with the Covid-19 Pandemic so the CDC gives a caveat:

*Because influenza surveillance does not capture all cases of flu that occur in the U.S., CDC provides these estimated ranges to better reflect the larger burden of influenza. These estimates are calculated based on CDC’s weekly influenza surveillance data and are preliminary.

 

**Influenza testing across the United States may be higher than normal at this time of year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates may partly reflect increases in testing in recent weeks and may be adjusted downward once the season is complete and final data for the 2019/20 season are available.

 

Course, this only applies to part of the 2019-2020 seasonal flu period.

 

So there is always 2018/2019 to look at -

 

Table 1: Estimated influenza disease burden, by age group — United States, 2018-2019 influenza season

 

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 LOTS MORE DATA:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/2018-2019.html 

 

We old geezers get the brunt of the seasonal flu too - ever see what a seasonal flu epidemic does in a Nursing home?  I have - not a pretty experience.

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"Even as an unprecedented health event has taken over our lives and taken hold of the early days of 2020 another quiet but related health event has unfolded over at the CDC. While the world has been tracking every twist and turn of the killer COVID virus another familiar virus has been disappeared not only from the CDC’s conversation but also from it’s meticulous monitoring system. Seems our long-standing old friend “the flu” has altogether left the stage over at the CDC and in a fashion that might raise a few eyebrows for those who pay attention to such things.

 

The following report and tables below are posted not to draw any conclusions but to offer further information and point to some recent irregularities from the CDC that, given the current circumstances, might raise some more questions."

 

More at:https://hailtoyou.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/against-the-corona-panic-pt-vi-where-has-the-regu...

 

Some possibilities:

 

1. Social distancing, masks and other actions taken to mitigate COVID-19 has had a miraculous positive affect on the regular flu.


2. Data on the regular flu has been transferred to COVID-19.


3. COVID-19 virus is a cure for influenza.

 

And how about them heart attacks and other illnesses:

 

"What is striking is that many of the emergencies have disappeared. Heart attack and stroke teams, always poised to rush in and save lives, are mostly idle. This is not just at my hospital. My fellow cardiologists have shared with me that their cardiology consultations have shrunk, except those related to Covid-19. In an informal Twitter poll by @angioplastyorg, an online community of cardiologists, almost half of the respondents reported that they are seeing a 40 percent to 60 percent reduction in admissions for heart attacks; about 20 percent reported more than a 60 percent reduction."

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/well/live/coronavirus-doctors-hospitals-emergency-care-heart-atta...

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