During the 2019-2020 flu season, some 400,000 people were hospitalized for the flu, with 22,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last week — just ahead of the season’s usual peak — the CDC had recorded just 165 flu-related hospitalizations since October.
Vanderbilt infectious disease Dr. William Schaffner gave credit to
- social distancing
- a record number of flu shots and
- habitual spreaders–kids–staying home
He predicted next year would be bad.