Governments worldwide have had all hands on deck since the pandemic broke out in March. Scientists, health experts and entire agencies are directing their attention to controlling the transmission of the coronavirus.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even announced in October that it will suspend data collection for the 2020-2021 flu season due to the ongoing pandemic.
True enough, the agency’s COVIDView, their weekly surveillance of COVID-19 activity in the U.S., is providing more detailed updates than FluView, their weekly influenza surveillance report, despite it being flu season.
But while basic data collection for the flu season is still ongoing, the CDC’s projected suspension raises several concerns. For instance, health authorities could be counting flu cases, which are expected to be lower this year, as COVID-19 cases. Deaths from the flu could be counted alongside those from COVID-19 as well.
Experts also noted a trend that has persisted since the pandemic began: as COVID-19 cases go up, flu cases go down.
Flu or COVID-19?
Most of the people who die from COVID-19 are those with preexisting health conditions or comorbidities. But people who tested positive for COVID-19 and died later on, whether due to COVID-19 or not, are also counted as official COVID-19 deaths….