Thanks to the lockdown period, a flu season was avoided by the social distancing measures taken by the government in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a report says. Influenza is the flu whose cases dropped from 7002 (February) to only 95 confirmed cases this month.
Comparing the results of this year with the last year, the number of infections in April was almost 19.000 people infected with influenza. Therefore, this discovery is finding researchers wondering whether some of the measures taken to combat the spreading of coronavirus should be used during the flu season to stop the large numbers of people getting infected.
Doctors have urged the citizens to make their vaccines on time, which resulted in an unprecedented demand for the medicine. In addition to this, the governments have advertised the importance of washing your hands and avoiding touching your face at any cost.
COVID-19 Lockdown Tackled This Year’s Flu Season
Those that might have caught only a little cold were requested to self-isolate in fear of possible coronavirus infection. Moreover, a wide range of people is avoiding getting in contact with the elderly to protect them from potential complications.
However, the specialists have asked the same social distancing measures during the flu season, even though they were less strict. Professor Kanta Subbaro has declared that the COVID-19 pandemic is going to teach us a lesson regarding how we should behave during the flu season.
The fact that almost everybody is wearing a mask in public should come as no surprise. For example, in Hong Kong, people used to wear these types of masks daily when encountering symptoms of flu to prevent the spreading of the virus in the community.
The same occurrence happens as well in Australia, where people have been encouraged to wear masks during the COVID-19 lockdown. Isolation also tackled the flu seasons that was expected to be a significant one.
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