Some thinking people are actually questioning the fact that, for some unknown reason, the Seasonal Flu is virtually non-existent this year. And when I say, "this year" I mean 2020. Flu season is generally at its peak in Dec. infecting hundreds of millions world wide and Tens of millions in the US. But, not in 2020.
Here are some interesting comments. The first one is from Nature.com
The Author attempts to insult our intelligence by stating: "Measures meant to tame the coronavirus pandemic are quashing influenza and most other respiratory diseases, which could have wide-ranging implications." But in the same stroke of the keyboard claims, "By mid-December, the Northern Hemisphere is usually well into the start of its annual cold and flu season — but so far this year, even as the COVID-19 pandemic surges in dozens of countries, the levels of many common seasonal infections remain extremely low."
Does anyone else feel as if they are being spoken to like mentally challenged ignoramuses? Let's just continue on with this particular article and see if perhaps the logic begins to mesh with reality. "The pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has infected at least 67 million people and killed 1.5 million worldwide. The patchwork of responses intended to fight the pandemic — from temporary lockdowns to mask wearing, social distancing, enhanced personal hygiene and reduced travel — has had a huge impact on other common respiratory illnesses, too."
NOPE! It actually gets more insulting! So we are to believe that the seasonal flu numbers are so low that the CDC can barely model them because the COVID numbers are increasing? Or are they trying to sell us a bag O crap by shoveling it into the idea that lock downs, masks and social distancing have stopped the seasonal flu but have little effect on the CHI-COM?
I am bored of this nonsense, let's move on to another explanation as to why the seasonal flu numbers are so low right now. Let's go to Healthline.com and thank goodness this article has been "fact checked" so I KNOW it is TRUE!
So, all we have been hearing lately is that the COVID is surging...doom, gloom, death and destruction! Does Health Line provide us a scientific reason, or even a logical one for the extremely low seasonal flu numbers? Let's look. "Flu activity remains unusually low this year, largely in part to all the restrictions put in place for COVID-19." So, here we go again, COVID rages on but because of all the "RESTRICTIONS" the seasonal flu has decided to back off. I mean, does it float around and say, "oh look he has on a mask" we'll just let COVID get him and we'll back off? Or does the season flu not infect people the same way that THE COVID does? I think it does. Actually, I am 100% sure it does! But wait, there is more rhetoric, “It is possible that the mitigation measures for SARS-CoV-2 [such as social distancing, remote working, and mask wearing] will help curb the spread of flu [and] other respiratory viruses as well, since these viruses are transmitted in similar ways, said Dr. Ellen F. Foxman, an immunologist and Yale Medicine Laboratory Medicine physician." Well, look there, Dr.Foxman says that these "viruses are transmitted in similar ways." I am not a doctor, but I think the word, "simular" is too vague. Perhaps the words, "exactly the same way" would be more correct. After all, these "professionals" are all claiming that it is the COVID RESTRICTIONS placed on the American people that have thwarted off the seasonal flu this year. But...not THE COVID? Ya know, this tin foil hat I have been sporting these days seems to be deflecting a good amount of Bullchit that is being thrown around.
I decided to head over to the CDC to see what they had to say about the reason for the almost non-existent cases of seasonal flu. After read paragraph after paragraph of BLA BLA BLA in this explanation, this was their summation, "Initially, declines in influenza virus activity were attributed to decreased testing, because persons with respiratory symptoms were often preferentially referred for SARS-CoV-2 assessment and testing. However, renewed efforts by public health officials and clinicians to test samples for influenza resulted in adequate numbers tested and detection of little to no influenza virus. Further, some countries, such as Australia, had less stringent criteria for testing respiratory specimens than in previous seasons and tested markedly more specimens for influenza but still detected few with positive results during months when Southern Hemisphere influenza epidemics typically peak...The global decline in influenza virus circulation appears to be real and concurrent with the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated community mitigation measures. Influenza virus circulation continues to be monitored to determine if the low activity levels persist after community mitigation measures are eased. If extensive community mitigation measures continue throughout the fall, influenza activity in the United States might remain low and the season might be blunted or delayed. In the future, some of these community mitigation measures could be implemented during influenza epidemics to reduce transmission, particularly in populations at highest risk for developing severe disease or complications. However, in light of the novelty of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of continued community mitigation measures, it is important to plan for seasonal influenza circulation this fall and winter.
In a nutshell, they are giving us a smoke enema and from reading this it appears that the CDC is suggesting that masks, lockdowns and social distancing are going to be implemented in our future. Or am I just being gaslit and imagining this is what they are saying?
And yet, after all of this deception, after hearing all over the place that the seasonal flu has been all but eradicated this year (2020) the CDC posts this "burden" on it's website.
Looks like they were a bit off on that estimate...or is there something else going on here? Remember that we are living in a digital world now where information is distributed rather quickly. We don't have to wait month anymore for the data to be received and calculated. Maybe we just need to look at something more current.
Although, I don't believe for one city second that close to 300,ooo people have died of the COVID, I do believe they died of something, because, well, people die, especially old people...they tend to die sooner and with more frequency than younger people. But take a look at the second to the last column. How can anyone call this type of DATA science?
Bottom line. There are a couple of reasons that the flu numbers are extremely low.
- Seasonal Flu cases are being called COVID.
- The flu strains in the vaccines are NOT a good match and test as negative and THEN those people are being considered COVID!
What is NOT happening: The cases are SO LOW because 20 million more people have been vaccinated against the seasonal flu therefore they are being protected. If this were the case, then we could assume that for the first time in decades THEY actually got the vaccine flu strains correct and the protection rate went from roughly 47% to 95% accuracy. Well, we know that is not true by simply looking at the CDC's "estimate" from Oct. 1st-April 4th with a 24,00-62,000 death toll. That is an average seasonal flu estimate for the United States.
I think it is pretty obvious what is going on. I think the people that are questioning this "anomaly" are certainly on the right track. So here's to 2021. Will it be another year filled with lies and deceit? Will it be another year where those who have an intellect are constantly insulted? OR, will more people stop ingesting the crap and decided to question what is being fed to them? I guess we'll see.
Happy New Year to all!