The flu, big absent from winter


DECRYPTION – The curfew, the wearing of masks and physical distancing seem to have prevented the circulation of the flu but also of other contagious winter infections.

If the observation is confirmed, this will be one of the few positive side effects of Covid. According to the latest weekly bulletin from Public Health France (SPF), the flu epidemic has not yet broken out in France, although it usually starts there in late December or early January. Surveillance, which was upset last year by the health crisis, was restarted normally in October for the winter season. To date, it has not detected an active circulation of the viruses responsible for this respiratory infection, which is estimated to cause thousands of deaths each year.

“All in all, 20 cases of influenza, including at least two in people returning from abroad, were reported to our networks across the country as of February 7. This is an exceptionally low figure ”, indicates the Dr Sibylle Bernard-Stoecklin, epidemiologist in the infectious diseases department at SPF. No patient was admitted to intensive care for complications

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