United States: Another peak of flu infections has emerged in the United States, which has increased the concerns among the health authorities across the nation. As per the recently published report by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the cases have peaked after witnessing a downfall after the winter holidays.
The flu activity has been reported to be higher in some regions of the US, including the Midwest and South-Central regions. It is to be noted that during the time of the report’s publishing, the positive flu rate reached 16.2 percent, which was 14.2 percent during the previous week.
Influenza – still dominant
As per the health authorities, the cases associated with Influenza A have been increasing – making the variant dominant – with 60.4 percent of samples being the 2009 H1N1 subtype. It is noteworthy that the cases of H3N2 and influenza B have also witnessed a slight increase during the week ending on February 2.
Surge in flu and flu-like visits!
The health authorities have underlined that despite the increase in the case percentage, the hospital or outpatient clinic visits for flu or flu-like illness have remained steady, as per mcknights.com.
However, the official data revealed that the majority of infections are found among people aged 5 to 24 years. Surprisingly, the number of deaths due to flu decreased during the week ending on February 2.
Second wave of flu activity isn’t uncommon!
Experiencing a rise in flu cases after the winter holidays is pretty normal. It can be a big surge or just a slight increase before things settle down for the season. According to CNN, experts find it challenging to predict how bad the flu season might get or how long it will stick around.
Stats linked to COVID-19
The cases associated with COVID-19 have slightly increased in certain regions, including the Midwest, South, and some parts of the Northeast. However, hospital admissions have fallen to 10.9 percent, and the visits to the Emergency department have also declined to 11 percent as compared to the previous week.
In addition to this, health experts have shared information about the discovery of a new lineage of the virus that has more than 100 mutations and was dominant in South Africa.