According to the United States ‘ top infectious disease specialist, this Flu Season is one of the worst in decades.
Whilst it is impossible to forecast how influenza will occur, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases, has said that the season has been as serious as the flu season 2017–2018, which, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been the deadliest in more than four décades.
As yet, according to information released by the CDC Friday, at least 2,900 people in the United States are believed to have died of flu. This is 800 deaths more than the previous week’s prediction.
Flu outbreaks and influenza hospitalizations have also increased sharply since the beginning of the season in October. At least 6.4 million influenza and 55,000 inpatients were reported at CDC.
Fauci said that this rapid increase in influenza activity could soon reverse its course so that the season is not so severe.
“If it’s moving on the road, it won’t be good,” he said. “I’ve hoped it turned and descended.
In contrast to the two more serious of the latest flu season with recent decades, Fauci pointed out a CDC graph. The red line indicates flu activities from 29 September to 28 December in this graph, designed by CNN based on the CDC data. The other lines show two of the worst in recent decades, the 2014-2015 and 2017-2018 flu seasons.
In this year’s period, influenza activity reached its peak in 2014-2015 and is climbing to its peak in 2017-2018, which is particularly deadly.
This season, 27 deaths reported by December 28 has been especially deadly for children. This is the highest death toll at the moment since the CDC began tracking 17 years ago.
For children this season, influenza B was particularly sensitive because of its predominant strain this season. In comparison with influenza A, influenza B is fairly stable and is not changing so many adults have immunity from earlier infection in life.