US Seeing Mild Flu Season Due To COVID Protocols

The New York Times reports:

Despite the horrifying surge of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the United States right now, one bit of good epidemiology news is emerging this winter: It now looks unlikely that the country will endure a “twindemic” of flu and the coronavirus hitting at the same time.

That comes as a profound relief to public health officials who predicted as far back as April that thousands of flu victims with pneumonia could pour into hospitals this winter, competing with equally desperate Covid-19 pneumonia victims for scarce ventilators.

Read the full article. Scientists credit the low flu rate to COVID distancing protocols and the cancellation of most large indoor gatherings.