Number of Flu Cases Continues to Climb
Kevin Felts 02.07.18
While looking through the news for updates to the 2017 – 2018 flu epidemic, a common trend was observed. The words–spike, surge, and record-breaking–were in the vast majority of headlines. Cases are being reported from the United States, all the way to Hong Kong.
Britain is being hit especially hard, with an estimated three times the people dying than during the 2016 – 2017 flu season.
Like most states, Delaware is experiencing one of the worst flu seasons in the last five years. The total number of confirmed flu cases has risen to 1,950 cases as of Jan. 27, state officials said.
The week of Jan. 21 had the highest number of one-week diagnoses so far with the 650, surpassing last year’s record of 571.
A nationwide flu outbreak is showing no sign of easing up as at least four more deaths have been reported in the past few days, including three children.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said 14,676 people have been hospitalized with influenza since the flu season began in October, double the number from all of last year and the highest ever recorded.
New York broke a record for confirmed influenza cases in the week ending Jan. 27 with more than 11,600 cases reported, according to a Northwell Health news release.
Northwell said on Tuesday that in the previous seven days, 12 Northwell hospitals saw more than 10,500 patients with flu-like symptoms, 2,700 of whom were admitted for inpatient treatment.
During last year’s flu season there were 12,912 flu-related hospitalizations across the state, according to the Nassau County Department of Health.
Hong Kong – Hong Kong schools to shut early due to flu outbreak.
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities, grappling with a seasonal flu outbreak, have decided to shut all kindergartens and primary schools from Thursday, days ahead of scheduled Lunar New Year holidays, to rein in spread of the disease.
By Monday, seasonal flu had killed 121 people, two children among them, since the start of the year, said the Department of Health, which recorded 224 severe cases over the period.
What are we learning from the 2017 – 2018 flu outbreak? We are learning a lot.
The northern hemisphere had advance warning of the 2017 – 2018 flu season. How did they have warning? Because of how the flu was spreading in Australia. In September 2017 an article was posted here on All Outdoor saying – Possible Worse-Than-Normal Flu Season On The Way.
Why was the 2017-2018 flu season so bad?
- Vaccine was a poor match for the flu strain.
- Two different types of flu were in circulation.
Even with all of this knowledge, governments were unable to prevent the 2017-2018 flu epidemic.
The question is, when humanity has an outbreak of a new disease, will governments be this ineffective in preventing its spread? If we want an answer, consider HIV. Before the CDC took action on HIV, the disease was already an epidemic.
- Are schools across the nation being ordered closed? No.
- Is international air travel restricted? No.
- Is the CDC doing anything out of the ordinary to educate the public? No.
Yet for some reason the CDC would be expected to prevent the outbreak of a new disease?