As Coronavirus Fears Spread, CDC Reports Show Influenza Has Already Claimed the Lives of Thousands

FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. According to the CDC, flu costs the nation about $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity among working-age adults. That’s not to mention the heavy toll of hospitalizations and deaths that occur mainly among people 65 and older. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

With Coronavirus being the new kid on the block and getting all the media attention — thanks in small part to the fact that it’s affecting the economy, giving them another anti-Trump narrative to play with — it’s gone overlooked that right here at home, the influenza virus has been wreaking havoc all on its own.

According to the Daily Wire, CDC reports are showing an unusually high number of deaths thanks to the flu. A number that ranges to around 20,000 people:

According to the most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), among the roughly 34 million people who have suffered from the flu this season, 20,000 have died. Influenza A viruses were the most commonly reported, as opposed to the usual predominance of Influenza B. 136 deaths of children have been reported; the CDC noted, “rates among school aged children and young adults are higher at this time than in recent seasons and rates among children 0-4 years old are now the highest CDC has on record at this point in the season, surpassing rates reported during the second wave of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

The CDC reported that this season, the predominant flu virus is influenza A (H1N1).

This proves that we have a serious problem with a virus, but on a list of worries, the Coronavirus is not necessarily at the top. Right here at home, the influenza virus is making a mark, but not getting the same attention from the media due to its commonality.

This isn’t to say that the Coronavirus shouldn’t be a concern, but precautions should be made against influenza now, not just Covid. Practice good hygiene and avoid big crowds until the flu season is over. Trust me, I already got influenza A myself and I don’t recommend it to anyone

 

Brandon Morse
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