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Flu Activity Is Still Declining Across the US, the CDC Reports

The CDC estimates that there have been at least 25 million illnesses this season, 280,000 hospitalisations, and 17,000 flu-related fatalities. These modest estimates are in line with historical averages from previous seasons but are higher than those from the previous season, which was thought to have caused 9 million illnesses, 100,000 flu-related hospitalisations, and 5,000 fatalities.

According to preliminary CDC statistics available on January 30, only New Mexico experienced a “high” level of influenza-like illness activity for the week ending January 21 compared to the previous week, when four states were included in that category. Six more states reported “moderate” activity, compared to seven the week before.

According to the CDC, “limited” activity was reported in 32 out of 50 states during the week ending January 21.

respiratory ailment that involves fever and cough or sore throat is referred described as having “influenza-like sickness” rather than having the flu. Based on the percentage of outpatient visits brought on by this kind of sickness, activity-level classifications are based on 13 numerical levels and correspond to those levels. 
The CDC claims that they do not reflect geographic dispersion but rather the “intensity” of such illness activity. Additionally, the underlying statistics may “disproportionally represent particular populations,” which could have an impact on the “whole picture” of activity for state. The CDC also points out that weekly baseline adjustments are necessary since the number of locations producing pertinent data can change each week.
In almost all states, the numeric levels between the weeks ending on January 14 and January 21 decreased or remained unchanged. The most significant reduction occurred in Oregon, which dropped five levels and had its activity category change from “moderate” to “minimum.” The only states to experience rises in their numeric levels were Arizona, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, which saw its classification change from “low” to “moderate.”


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