Some good news for our NHS – Covid measures ‘may drastically cut flu deaths this winter’

Northerner

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As the NHS braces for a new Covid wave, a viral expert has told the News Letter there could be one positive aspect to the coming winter – a much-reduced risk of seasonal flu.

Ultan Power, a professor at Queen’s University Belfast, said reports from Earth’s southern hemisphere (where winter occurs in June, July and August) indicate vastly lower numbers of cases and fatalities.

Winter flu has been referenced many, many times during the course of the coronavirus pandemic, often by people who oppose further lockdown and who see Covid-19 as little worse than the annual seasonal flu.
But Prof Power indicated the rate of Covid fatalities is “very high compared with influenza”.

 

Anitram

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Australia did report a huge reduction in seasonal flu cases which they attributed to the measures they put in place to tackle Covid-19, mainly social distancing and a big uptake for the flu vaccine.
 

nonethewiser

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No surprise is it, face masks hand sanitising social distance limits on group gatherings are going to prevent spread of flu virus from people to people.

Hospitals pubs shops restaurants have never been so clean, constant cleaning way it should always be, when this is all over be good to think that these measures are kept in place, common sense to prevent spread of bugs viruses that bring misery to so many.
 
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