Coronavirus US deaths in America from Covid-19 surpass 50,000–In the winter of 2017-2018 79,400 Americans died of flu–the highest flu-related death toll in at least four decades

No Lies Radio News – By Teri Perticone – Friday April 24, 2020

The AP is reporting that US deaths from the coronavirus had surpassed 50,000, Friday. The number is based on a Johns Hopkins University database tracking the virus’ spread.

50,000. is a lot of deaths, but not when you compare the number of deaths from the last couple of flu seasons. Lets go back:

The 2017-2018 Flu Season

80,000 People Died of the Flu Last Winter in the U.S. The U.S. government estimates that 80,000 Americans died of flu and flu complications in the winter of 2017-2018 – the highest flu-related death toll in at least four decades.

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The 2018-2019 Flu Season

The 2018-2019 flu season may not have been as severe as the one that came before it, but it set a record of its own, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say. It was the longest in a decade, lasting 21 weeks.

Fewer illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths were reported this year than during last year’s notoriously brutal flu season, earning the 2018-2019 season an overall severity rating of “moderate,” according to a new CDC recap. But the length and trajectory of the most recent flu season—which began in November, peaked in mid-February and trailed off in April—was unique, the CDC says.

Most flu seasons start off with lots of infections from influenza A viruses, which can be more severe and less responsive to vaccination than other subtypes, while generally less-severe influenza B viruses often strike later. But this year, the CDC says, two different phases of influenza A activity dominated the season, contributing to its unusual length. H1N1 circulated widely from October to mid-February, then H3N2 picked up from mid-February into the spring, according to the new report.

Even still, high early-season vaccination rates and a relatively effective annual vaccine appeared to help suppress illnesses. In total, the CDC estimates that up to 42.9 million people got sick during the 2018-2019 flu season, 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died. That’s fairly on par with a typical season, and well below the CDC’s 2017-2018 estimates of 48.8 million illnesses, 959,000 hospitalizations and 79,400 deaths.

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So we see where the last two flu seasons have had more deaths than this one. This is good news & shows that staying in does save lives. However, this flu ‘pandemic’ is nothing new & seems to be hiding other issues like keeping Trump at the helm, saving the for-profit Healthcare system, tanking the economy & making the rich even richer. Unfortunately, that’s nothing new, either. Hang in there, we are all in this together, we will get to the other side better than ever & we are doing great!


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