- Flu season has been mild this year, thanks to the mitigation measures used to contain COVID-19, such as physical distancing and mask wearing.
- School and office closures also contributed to the unusually inactive flu season.
- The mitigation measures curbed influenza activity even though COVID-19 surged.
All data and statistics are based on publicly available data at the time of publication. Some information may be out of date.
Last summer, infectious disease specialists warned that the COVID-19 pandemic could spiral into a “twindemic” when seasonal influenza hit.
But that nightmare scenario never unfolded. The flu didn’t get a strong footing in the United States this season and a twindemic never struck.
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