Three Things To Know About This Year’s Flu

The number of flu deaths outnumbers COVID-19 deaths by about 10,000: 11. Keep in mind that the flu season began in October, whereas the COVID-19 outbreak began in January.

The deaths and hospitalizations of children aged 4 and under has been record breaking. This season’s flu has seen the highest hospitalization rates for children since the CDC began reporting in 2004. At least 136 children have died – that’s the most since the 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic.

Therapeutics can help soften symptoms of this year’s flu: “Almost all (>99%) of the influenza viruses tested this season are susceptible to the four FDA-approved influenza antiviral medications recommended for use in the U.S. this season,” according to the CDC.

Weekly Flu Report
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm

2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19)
https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus