Deaconess attributes low flu numbers to COVID safety precautions

Deaconess attributes low flu numbers to COVID safety precautions
(Source: WLBT)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - After health care professionals warned of what could be a devastating flu season combined with COVID-19, officials at Deaconess say they’ve seen zero cases on influenza A this season, and only a handful of cases of influenza B.

They describe what could have been a deadly flu season, as next to nothing.

Local doctors attribute the low number of cases to all the safety measures we have taken to protect ourselves against the coronavirus.

Officials say this is proof that all the handwashing, wearing masks, and avoiding large crowds can slow the spread of viruses, including the flu.

”For some comparison, last year at this time, we were seeing about 100 cases a week of flu here at Deaconess. So when you think about having zero cases of that this year compared to about 100 this time last year, that’s great news for our community and for the health systems dealing with so much other illness and COVID right now,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brad Scheu.

Dr. Scheu says if our hospitals had seen 100 flu cases per week this year, our hospital capacity could have been much more dire.

We’re not out of the woods yet. Dr. Scheu says flu season can run into February or March, but he says to protect yourself, it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

Healthcare professionals suggest if you experience what could be a flu or COVID-19 symptom, go ahead and get tested for COVID-19, just to be safe.

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