Anthony Fauci estimated that the population could use masks during the common flu season to reduce infections in the future.
According to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control, just over 2,000 cases of influenza were reported in almost eight months in the North American country, when the figure is usually in the millions.
Suppose there is any positive consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. In that case, social distance, frequent hand washing, and the use of masks have significantly reduced the incidence of flu in the United States.
Clinical laboratories in the United States have reported 2,038 cases of the flu between September 27, 2020, and April 24, 2021, according to data published by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). During a typical season, the figure is usually around 200,000. Still, health authorities estimate that the true figure is between 9 and 45 million.
Although the data is positive from where you look at it, there are doubts about what will happen with this disease next year. Every six months, in April and September, the World Health Organization (WHO) holds a meeting where experts analyze the flu's behavior that particular year.
Based on the data obtained, they decide which will be the four most aggressive strains for next year and, based on that information; the laboratories manufacture the vaccine. With no flu data this year, flu vaccine production will go blind. Suppose by next year life is returned to normal, without social distance or cover mouths, and there is no efficient vaccine against the flu. In that case, the situation regarding this particular disease could be more complicated than it was in the years prior to the pandemic.
Based on this year's limited data, it was decided at the April meeting that a vaccine similar to this year will be developed next year, as very few people developed antibodies to the current strain.
Although experts fear that we may be facing a severe flu season, they predict that it will continue to last an average of 13 weeks, between October and April.
Experts hope that the COVID-19 pandemic has generated awareness in the population about the importance of precaution and hygienic care for this virus and others.
All the statistics related to COVID-19 in the United States show a clear reduction as the effects of the vaccination campaign is manifested throughout the territory. Along these lines, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading epidemiologist, has said that if the trend continues. Vaccination continues to rise. We could be facing the possibility that the recommendations, such as the use of masks, will be further relaxed. Cover mouths in closed spaces.
However, aware that the population is beginning to glimpse a post-pandemic era, Fauci emerged that masks could become a seasonal habit to prevent respiratory diseases given the experience acquired. Specifically, Fauci believes that people could resort to its use during the peak flu months, considering its confirmed effectiveness.
It is conceivable that as we move forward, in a year or two, during certain seasonal periods where certain respiratory viruses such as the flu are recorded, people choose to wear masks to decrease the chances of spreading them, he said.