The highly effective COVID-19 response in New Zealand is also credited with reducing influenza infections by 99.8% during their winter and preventing ~1500 flu-related deaths.
Usually New Zealand has 500 deaths a year due to Influenza. This year, there were only SIX flu isolates in New Zealand all winter as we experienced 'near extinction' of influenza due to lockdown & other #COVID19 public health measures
Worth listening to this interview by NZ epidemiologist Michael Baker. People often draw dichotomy between a 'coronavirus response' vs 'pandemic flu response', but this suggests COVID will lead to a more fundamental shift in pandemic thinking
If we're lucky & we continue to wear masks & practice distancing, fears of a "twindemic" this winter may not materialize. New Zealand reported almost no influenza in their just concluded flu season. (h/t. )
Places like Australia & NZ have seen very little flu this year following COVID measures (e.g. & ). Which suggests that these measures would likely also suppress a high-IFR flu pandemic...
'Near extinction' of influenza in NZ as numbers drop due to lockdown 6 is the TOTAL number of influenza cases seen this past winter in New Zealand. A 99.8% reduction from pervious years! #WearADamnMask
Physical distancing, masking and handwashing led to > 99% reduction in influenza! Good learnings for future severe flu seasons!
There has been "near extinction of #influenza in New Zealand following its very effective #Covid19 response", as numbers vanished from the two standard systems for surveillance - resulting in a 99.8%⬇️ in flu cases. 🦠😷📉
Most interesting! 'Near extinction' of influenza in NZ as numbers drop due to lockdown
'Near extinction' of influenza in NZ as numbers drop due to #coronavirus lockdown, says 's Prof #MichaelBaker via
'Near extinction' of influenza in NZ as numbers drop due to lockdown