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Influenza deaths in the United States have decreased to 3% of previous deaths

Report interesting search results American Scientific American: With the spread of this new type of coronavirus reaching global levels, the number of influenza cases reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) has decreased dramatically.

Epidemiologists say all this is due to the public health measures taken to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. According to a previous study, the most common influenza viruses actually spread the same way as SARS-CoV-2, but their effectiveness is much less than the latter.

The monthly report reported a sudden rapid accumulation of flu last fall, and the number of deaths from the disease remains very low. In the United States, only 600 deaths from influenza were reported last year. By comparison, the CDC recorded 22,000 deaths from influenza last year and 34,000 in 2018.

The World Health Organization issued its recommendations for vaccines this year at the end of February, but they were based on far fewer cases than any other year. However, due to the small number of virus particles circulating in the air, the chances of a mutation are also lower, which can be very encouraging in terms of the effectiveness of the vaccine.

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