Flu Activity Remains Low Ahead Of October
Every couple of weeks we like to check back in on the progression of the flu season, noting areas that are either becoming a threat for illness or ones that could be looming. With infection control such an important factor to reopening facilities and keeping schools open — while minimizing occupant apprehension — it's important to keep tabs on influenza in addition to COVID-19 concerns.
The CDC, which provides updating information with their “Weekly U.S. Influenza Report” rates jurisdictions on 6-tier scale: Very High, High, Moderate, Low, Minimal, and Insufficient data.
According to findings from week 36 (ending Sept. 11) zero jurisdictions were classified as “Very High” or "High" — an improvement from two weeks ago when two states, New Mexico and Georgia, fell under the "High" category. Three states classified as "Moderate" with Wyoming and New Mexico carrying over from two weeks ago and Georgia replacing Florida as the third. The remaining 50 jurisdictions either have “Low”, “Minimal”, or “Insufficient Data”.
While this most recent update is encouraging, the toughest months are yet to come. Health experts are still concerned about the possibility of a "Twindemic" in which inadequate flu immunity due to recent shutdowns in the past year and a half could combine with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more about how best practices for cleaning and infection control and help prevent this possibility.
Be sure to check back in for more CDC flu activity updates on a bi-weekly basis.