What does the cumulative burden of influenza for the 2019-2020 season mean?
The cumulative burden of influenza is an estimate of the number of people who have been sick, seen a healthcare provider, been hospitalized, or died as a result of influenza since October 01, 2018. CDC does not know the exact number of people who have been sick and affected by influenza because influenza is not a reportable disease in most areas of the United States. However, these numbers are estimated using a mathematical model, based on observed rates of laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations.
How does CDC estimate the cumulative burden of seasonal influenza?
Preliminary estimates of the cumulative burden of seasonal influenza during the 2019-2020 season in the United States are based on crude rates of laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations, reported through the Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Network (FluSurv-NET), which were adjusted for the frequency of influenza testing during recent prior seasons and the sensitivity of influenza diagnostic assays. Rates of hospitalization were then multiplied by previously estimated ratio of hospitalizations to symptomatic illnesses, and frequency of seeking medical care to calculate symptomatic illnesses, medical visits, and deaths associated with seasonal influenza, respectively.
Note: As "the whole world was made cognizant of the Chinese Wuhan Coronavirus, i.e.: Covid-19, and because they shut-down the world economy, you think people who have normally 'suffered with the seasonal flu' RAN RIGHT TO THEIR Doctor or Emergency Room to be tested for the Coronavirus?" THUS, INFLATING THE NUMBERS BEYOND ANYTHING CONSIDERED EVEN SOMEWHAT NORMAL?
Why does the estimate of cumulative burden change each week?
The estimates of cumulative burden of seasonal influenza are considered preliminary and may change each week as new laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations are reported to CDC. New reports include both new admissions that have occurred during the reporting week and also patients admitted in previous weeks that have been newly reported to CDC.
How does the number of flu hospitalizations estimated so far this season compare with previous end-of-season hospitalization estimates?
The number of hospitalizations estimated so far this season is lower than end-of-season total hospitalization estimates for any season since CDC began making these estimates. This TABLE also summarizes all estimated influenza disease burden, by season, in U.S. from 2010-11 through 2017-18.
Note: This data in the TABLE ABOVE is NOT for 2019-20 Flu season, which, " . . . is lower than end-of-season total hospitalization estimates for any season since CDC began making these estimates." The data in the Table is for the 2010-2019 flu seasons. I guess they just "haven't got around" to updating the MOST IMPORTANT DATA IN THE WORLD yet although the season flu ends in May in the Northern Hemisphere.
Page last reviewed: April 17, 2020
Note: Hmmm, I can't find updated SEASONAL FLU information from the CDC since April 17th, 2020. The CDC estimates that between 46,000 and 95,000 Americans died due to influenza during the 2017-18 flu season, TABLE.
*In the Northern Hemisphere, flu season typically begins in October and peaks between December and February, with cases continuing as late as May.
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