It’s been almost 2 years since the Covid-19 pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization and not enough coverage has occurred around one of the greatest biological feats of our time. The Miraculous Death Of The Flu.
Despite developing influenza vaccines since the 1940’s, humans have not been able to eradicate this deadly disease, however, with the emergence of a newer, (and almost identical) type of virus emerging in late 2019 known as Sars-Cov-2 aka Covid-19 aka Chy-Na Virus, the demise of the flu has been most welcome to the greater population of the world.
A quick look at some data from Australia shows that 2009 had 1,796 death from the flu, followed by 3-4ooo deaths each year from 2015-2019. Interestingly, the flu deaths for 2020 when the pandemic began to flourish, flu deaths dropped to just 36, whilst Covid deaths peaked at 909 for the year 2020.
An ABC article documents that in 2019 up until June, the peak of Australian winter, 132,000 people were diagnosed with the flu whilst in the same period in 2020 only 21,000 people were diagnosed.
Up until the time of making my video on this topic (Sept 21, 2021), the ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) claimed that there had not been one single influenza death since July 2020! Amazing!
The updated page shows that only 1 single death occurred from influenza in 2021, whilst Covid-19 deaths for 2021 up until Dec 18 for Australia was 1,392! (source) Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for pneumonia deaths… we haven’t eradicated that one yet…. From ABS website:
Furthermore, the USA, experienced a miraculous decline of influenza of approximately 97% during their flu season, with around 600 deaths in the 2020-2021 season, in comparison to the 2019-2020 season with 22,000 deaths and the the 2018-2019 season with 34,000 deaths, respectively.
The below chart shows the flu positivity rate for the US during this period (source):
Funnily enough, whilst the US flu deaths declined by around 97% during the 2020-21 flu season, Covid deaths recorded for the same time period at its peak averaged at around 4,000 deaths and 200-300K recorded cases daily!
The CDC reported that high levels of testing for the flu during the 2020-21 season showed that only “0.2% of 818,939 respiratory specimens tested by US clinical laboratories were positive for an influenza virus.“
“For comparison, during the last three seasons before the pandemic, the proportion of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza peaked between 26.2% and 30.3%.”
Considering that influenza has been around and recorded for nearly a century, this very rapid decline to almost non-existence of cases and deaths for this illness is very surprising, don’t you think?
So what is the reason for this decline you may ask? Well, according to the CDC and other health “experts,” this decline in influenza cases and deaths can be attributed to “mitigation measures, such as wearing face masks, staying home, hand washing, school closures, reduced travel, increased ventilation of indoor spaces and physical distancing” which were put in place to stop the spread of Covid-19.
I guess the final question that needs to be asked on all of this is, with all these measures in place to stop the spread of Covid-19, why is it that these measures that were put in place for Covid-19 were successful in stopping the spread of influenza in its place, whilst the same measures were not successful in stopping the spread of Covid-19? Hmmm…..
I’ll leave that question open to the reader of this post. Please check out my video on this topic and subscribe and share this info as you see fit.