As the 2020-2021 flu season approached, health officials prepared for the possibility of a “twin pandemic” with COVID-19 and influenza.
But so far, that luckily has not been the case. In fact, flu season has been nearly nonexistent in Wisconsin.
UW Health influenza numbers:
Positive influenza tests 2018-2019 (as of 2/10/19): 149
Positive influenza tests 2019-2020 (as of 2/10/20): 1,183
Positive influenza tests 2020-2021 (as of 2/10/21): 1
Health officials say the decline is because of the continued precautions people are using to stay safe from COVID-19: wearing a mask, social distancing, using hand hygiene and staying home when sick.
Dr. Nasia Safdar medical director of infection control at UW Health joined Wisconsin’s Morning News with more. Listen in the player above.