With the annual flu season coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic for the second time, state and native public well being officers say the percentages of a doable “double delay” state of affairs are slim.
Nonetheless, officers warn that there might be a big enhance in flu instances, notably if masks use declines and extra individuals fail to satisfy tips for social distancing indoors.
The flu season begins to hint itself on October 1 and usually lasts for six months, though it has dragged on till mid-Could lately.
The federal Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention recommends flu vaccination for all individuals 6 months of age and older with any authorised age-appropriate flu vaccine.
Such a worrisome twin state of affairs overshadowed the beginning of the 2020-21 flu season, solely to by no means materialize because the carrying of face masks and social distancing stored the unfold of flu in the neighborhood to minimal ranges.
The North Carolina Division of Well being and Human Companies reported simply seven flu-related deaths and 179 instances for the 2020-21 season. 4 of these deaths occurred in 2021, whereas three had been recorded in 2020.
By comparability, there have been 12,076 confirmed instances and 186 flu-related deaths in the course of the 2019-20 season.
On the finish of different current seasons, the variety of flu-related deaths in North Carolina was 208 in 2018-19, 391 in 2017-18, 218 in 2016-17, 60 in 2015-16, 219 in 2014-15 and 107 in 2013-14.