Protect yourself from the flu this season

Grant Boone
February 14, 2020

State officials won't say much about the latest pediatric flu death, except that the child is under 18 and the death was in southern Wisconsin.

Officials indicated on a phone conference call that there have been 100 new flu hospitalizations in the state on Thursday due to the flu. There have been no deaths in the USA attributed to the 2019 novel coronavirus.

However, you can still spread the flu one day before symptoms start.

Flu can be unsafe, said Gerrard.

Even though it's only recently been in the news, Dr. Joseph Williams at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire says Coronavirus is not new.

There are 4 types of flu viruses - A, B, C and D. However, A and B are the only ones thought to cause the seasonal flu epidemics each winter. People should cover their mouths or noses when they sneeze or cough, tissue should be used in this case and then discarded after; otherwise, one should sneeze into their elbow to keep germs from spreading, Chirico said. No cases of the Coronavirus have been reported in the state.

Last week, Colby College announced it was placing members of the college community who had recently visited mainland China in isolation - the college would not say how many. Allen Bateman, with the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, says the test kits the CDC sent to Wisconsin and other states last week are flawed.

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Recent estimates indicate that of the 22 million flu cases in the U.S. thus far, 210,000 hospitalizations have occurred, and 12,000 deaths have been reported.

Personnel at the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) work the Emergency Operations Center in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, among other things, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Atlanta.

"For the most part they actually have the same morbidity-mortality, meaning you're likely to get the same complications from influenza and Coronavirus".

However, this spike could just be the beginning, as a top infectious-disease scientist has warned of a worst-case scenario where up to two-thirds of the world's population could catch coronavirus.

"We're kind of at a nice area in Wisconsin that the answer is no right now".

"We are monitoring it", said Gerrard.

At Sacred Heart, they say the only difference is they ask if people have traveled specifically to China recently, the source of the outbreak.

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