In many states across the country this flu season, influenza will be counted as COVID, thereby giving the appearance of spikes in COVID cases.

As reference, during the 2018-2019 influenza season, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates influenza was associated with more than 35.5 million illnesses, more than 16.5 million medical visits, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths during the 2018–2019 influenza season. https://www.cdc

Check your state health department websites to confirm how influenza and COVID are tabulated in yours state.

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