Number of flu, other virus cases reach ‘historic’ lows in 2020-21, CDC reports – UPI.com

In a “typical” flu season, in which an estimated 35 million people are infected with the virus, as many as 25% of specimens tested come back positive, based on historical CDC data.

The reduction in flu cases seen between October 2020 and May 2021 is likely due to measures taken to limit the spread of COVID-19, such as the wearing of masks that cover the nose and mouth and social distancing, the CDC said.

Like COVID-19, the flu is spread through virus droplets emitted from the mouth and nose.

“The same prevention measures we use to prevent COVID-19 disease work for the flu, including physical distancing, masking, avoiding crowds and staying home when sick,” public health specialist Brandon Brown told UPI in an email.

Source: Number of flu, other virus cases reach ‘historic’ lows in 2020-21, CDC reports – UPI.com