Nursing & Healthcare News
Mildest Flu Season on Record
Masks and social distancing pay off
If you’re tired of masks and social distancing, you can take heart in knowing that they’ve saved lives, and not just from COVID-19. Those precautions also gave us the mildest flu season ever recorded in the U.S.
Influenza Hospitalizations Hit New Low
Some of the nurses who participated in Working Nurse’s 2020 Men in Nursing feature last fall expressed hopes that the emphasis the pandemic has placed on hand hygiene, social distancing and masking would pay off during flu season. Those nurses got their wish: CDC surveillance data reveals that the 2020–21 flu season was unusually mild.
By this time last year, FluServ-NET, the CDC’s Influenza Hospital Surveillance Network, had recorded more than 19,200 laboratory-confirmed influenza hospitalizations across 14 U.S. states (including California). During the 2020–21 flu season, the network recorded fewer than 250 influenza hospitalizations.