The flu has disappeared!


Week 7, 2021

Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades. February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors’ offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not this year….

So, what’s going on? What’s the basic cause at work here? Let’s look at some of the primary possibilities;

  1. Excessive hand washing, social distancing along with masks also stopped the flu in its tracks.
  2. Somehow the Covid virus muscled out the flu.
  3. Or, was it a combination of the the previous two choices.

Three doors, just like the game show, to choose from. Hmm. Well, the obvious choice (in my view), would be Door #1 – By making the population completely paranoid and by insisting that everyone avoid everyone else, while stripping their hands of the protection provided by the micro-fauna that protects them via excessive hand washing must have combined with the use of face diapers to the spread…even as the Covid-19 spread pretty darn well on its own.

Very cool if that was the main reason. However, all things come at a cost. Incidents of suicide, depression, anger and persistent feelings of isolation have all gone through the roof. How many died from those causes? Hard to tell… Perhaps they were lumped into the Covid cases…

So, in order to avoid, what is essentially a cold for 98 percent of the population, Americans probably did pay a rather steep price. The question remains. Will we be wearing masks and hiding from one another from here on out? I sure hope not.

About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who is currently residing in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy hiking, camping and all things related to gardening. I rec’d my degree from SIU majoring in Biology many moons ago and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology, the Finnish language and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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