Coronavirus containment window shrinking as virus spreads to more countries

Grant Boone
February 27, 2020

But any word of influenza, one of the biggest killers in history, is old news.

And even though the state remains involved about the new coronavirus, Madoff claimed MA citizens need to be extra in tune to avoid the flu as the year progresses. Then there was an outbreak of Influenza A, which is considered additional really serious.

Out of the estimated 16,000 deaths from the current flu season, over 100 children have died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those are similar to the symptoms of influenza: a cough, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, fever, fatigue and aches. Those from Wuhan who have been isolated in the Canadian Forces Base Trenton for two weeks are expected to be released Tuesday, the second largest group of evacuees to be allowed to go home.

Reinert had the flu for almost two weeks and was told not to attend class, she said.

Katie Page, a sophomore economics major, also caught the flu earlier in the semester. "I was also super congested for most of it". In addition, 55% of respondents said they were not anxious at all about the coronavirus, compared with 37% who said they were not anxious about the flu (CDC Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, 2/14; CDC "Flu View", accessed 2/24; CDC Preliminary In-Season 2019-2020 Flu Burden Estimates, accessed 2/24; Schumaker, ABC News, 2/21; Wesner Childs,, 2/14; Edwards, NBC News, 2/20; Johnson/Fingerhut, Associated Press, 2/20).

During the week of February 14, the state exceeded the 10-year high for influenza-like illness activity, set during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, he said. China's unprecedented lockdown and restrictions may have blunted the coronavirus and averted hundreds of thousands of cases, according to a team of medical experts that visited the outbreak's epicentre last week.

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"It is very important that we shift our focus to our domestic situation", Hajdu said. "Your risk of getting the flu is so much higher than your risk of getting coronavirus right now in MA".

Further, CDC on Thursday issued its first report on the effectiveness of the flu vaccine for this season, finding that the vaccine has been 45% effective overall and 55% effective in children.

Mcbride said a flu shot can decrease symptoms and keep you out the hospital. SHS recommends getting this vaccine from a nearby pharmacy or primary physician.

Vaccinations not only reduces the risk of contracting the flu yourself, but also protect the people around you.

Even the best screening measures could be missing "more than half of infected people", a global team of researchers from USA and United Kingdom universities said on Monday.

An example of a pandemic is the 1968 Flu Pandemic that began in Hong Kong before spreading globally, killing one million people.

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