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The doomsday cult that some critics insist represents the corporate media, a contingent which is currently fixated on the COVID-19 Omicron variant narrative, is putting out the word that the flu is staging a comeback after it supposedly went on hiatus for a year.
Earlier this year, some experts were even warning of a so-called twindemic, that is, constituting the simultaneous spread of both COVID and the flu.
Individuals can obviously draw their own conclusions about the existing health scenario at year-end 2021. COVID-related precautions and mitigation measures are what purportedly caused the flu to decide to take the year off, which rendered it practically nonexistent.
Skeptics might conclude, however, that the premise is perhaps evocative of the country-and-western song from back in the day with the title how can I miss you when you won’t go away.
“The U.S. flu season has arrived on schedule after taking a year off…Last year’s flu season was the lowest on record, likely because COVID-19 measures — school closures, distancing, masks and canceled travel – prevented the spread of influenza, or because the coronavirus somehow pushed aside other viruses,” ABC7 Eyewitness News Los Angeles reported, for example, about what it described as the “unusually light” 2020 flu season.
The news outlet also noted that “flu hospitalizations [are] rising.”
According to Lynnette Brammer, an official with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who leads the agency’s Domestic Influenza Surveillance team, this winter “is setting itself up to be a more normal flu season.” So far, two children have tragically died as a result of influenza as opposed to only one child death last year, per the CDC.
In 2019, there reportedly were 199 fatalities in the younger cohort from the flu (144 in 2018), although apparently alternative data may exist.
Many demands are being made supposedly to protect young kids not yet eligible for vax. According to CDC:
– 242 kids age 0-4 have died from COVID since beginning of 2020
– 347 kids age 0-4 died from seasonal flu in 2019-2020
Shouldn't these figures be emphasized a bit more
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) December 29, 2021
These fatalities are “unfortunately what we would expect when flu activity picks up. It’s a sad reminder of how severe flu can be,” Brammer added.
The principal remedy appears to be for everyone to get a flu shot, according to public health authorities. Pursuant to CDC guidelines, “Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions.”
The CDC also “recommends everyone ages 5 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.”
Many Twitter users metaphorically tested the flu comeback hypothesis and found it wanting. Here is a representative sample:
Flu must have gotten some good stimulus check to take a year off.
— serg_2311 (@2311_serg) December 28, 2021
LMAO welcome to clown world. Where the Flu mysteriously disappears the year another virus appears. Not only that, every time a new variant appears the old ones just seem to disappear as well 🤡
— DIE THE SAINT (@DIETHESAINT) December 28, 2021
A year off? It was counted in the covid numbers
— Stacy JK (@Luvsthemets) December 28, 2021
It never went away, it just got its name changed to covid.
— PTPS (@rmm300) December 28, 2021
Maybe that could be because incidents of the Flu were being recorded as COVID-19 last year, leading to COVID-19 numbers being overstated; while the Flu numbers were being understated?
— Media_Only (@LearnandEarn18) December 28, 2021
No it’s always been here you guys just counted it as COVID
— Bill Fountaine (@wcfountaine) December 28, 2021
Did the flu take a year off or did we?
— Gregory B. Stewart (@GregoryBStewart) December 28, 2021
It never took a year off. Medical classified anything and everything they could as COVID chasing the fed $. Viruses don’t have a have planned vacations.
— menso (@InfoMenso) December 28, 2021
The flu will mount a comeback in 2022…just in time for midterms elections.#EnemyOfThePeople
— Jason McNamara🇺🇸 (@PeerInvestment) December 28, 2021
How does the flu take a year off? You should be embarrassed for writing this. Do better!
— CareyV (@CareyVeldhuis) December 28, 2021
A year off? Like it took a sabbatical and decided to return?
— ARod (@art_rodriguez) December 28, 2021
— Juan Mena (@JM3NA) December 28, 2021
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