COVID-19 Pandemic Reduces Flu Incidence

COVID-19 Pandemic Reduces Flu Incidence
COVID-19 Pandemic Reduces Flu Incidence

Video: COVID-19 Pandemic Reduces Flu Incidence

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Video: COVID-19 vs Influenza (Flu) 2023, January
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The incidence of influenza in 2020 has significantly decreased worldwide amid a pandemic of a new type of coronavirus, according to [Izvestia] (https://iz.ru/1082867/olga-kolentcova-anna-urmantceva/virus-na-virus-iz- za-covid-19-ischezlo-98-sluchaev-zarazheniia-grippom) citing a study by an international team of scientists led by the US National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Experts have studied data from about 300 American clinical laboratories, which send test results to the center. It turned out that the activity of influenza in comparison with last year decreased in the country by 98%. Previously, the number of positive samples reached almost 20%, now it is 0.3%. The minimum incidence of influenza was observed in other countries. Extremely low virus activity was recorded in Chile, Australia and South Africa. In these countries, the number of carriers of influenza was less than 0.1% of the total number of those tested. A year earlier, this figure was close to 14%. “Influenza, like coronavirus, belongs to respiratory viruses, and therefore the measures taken to combat COVID-19 (mask mode, social distancing, cancellation of mass events, etc.), obviously affected the reduction in the number of cases of influenza infection. ", - says Oleg Batishchev, associate professor of the departments of biophysics and physics of living systems at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. According to the scientist, the danger of a severe course of COVID-19 while contracting the flu prompted many people to get vaccinated. Allergist immunologist, MD Andrei Prodeus added that measures such as self-isolation, social distance, disinfection and wearing personal protective equipment had more impact on the spread of influenza than coronavirus. Acting Director of the Institute of Biomedical Systems and Biotechnology of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Andrei Vasin, in turn, noted that the laboratories quickly reoriented themselves to detect coronavirus at the beginning of the pandemic. This could lead to "underestimation of the actually detectable number of other respiratory viruses, including influenza." However, by now the influence of this factor should be minimized. Rospotrebnadzor said that the current influenza season in Russia is just beginning, so it is too early to draw conclusions about the impact of measures against COVID-19 on influenza activity.

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