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1. It's Friday, so time for a #flu 🧵
@CDCgov reports that two more kids died from #flu in the 2021-22 flu season. They died in the weeks ending July 30 & Aug. 20. Not super usual time for pediatric flu deaths. They bring the 2021-22 total to 39. Image
2. The rate of outpatient visits by kids under 4 (& to a lesser extent kids, teens & young adults aged 5-24) for a respiratory illness is ticking up. Not surprising to see. Could presage upticks in other ages.
Some of this could be #flu but lots of RSV, rhinoviruses around. Image
3. What's really interesting to me is that #flu remains at super low levels in long-term health facilities. It's been this way pretty much since the Covid pandemic took off. Flu typically takes its greatest toll on frail seniors. Image
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1. A short #flu 🧵
Two more pediatric flu deaths have been reported to @CDCgov for the 2021-22 flu season. One occurred the week ending April 16, the other the week ending May 28. There is often a reporting delay; dunno why.
A total of 37 kids have died from flu this season.
2. And @CDCgov reports there has been another swine #flu infection, the 8th detected this year. The case was someone under 18, from Georgia. Infected with an H1N2 swine flu virus. Individual, who has recovered, had exposure to pigs. No sign of onward spread from this person.
3. #Flu activity is still pretty low — 0.8% of flu tests run by clinical labs were positive for flu the week ending Sept. 17.
But respiratory illnesses among young kids (orange) is ticking up, as @dr_kkjetelina & @cmyeaton explain here: yourlocalepidemiologist.substack.com/p/the-common-v…
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"Are we better prepared?" asks @EckerleIsabella as she closes #SSM @SwissMicrobe with her keynote on challenges in prevention & preparedness for emerging viruses.
#SARSCoV2 & #monkeypox have highlighted these issues; what do we know & where do we stand?

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Perhaps particularly of note are viruses that aren't entirely new, but keep popping up, or appear in new hosts, new places, or with new symptoms a while after identification. How & how often does this happen?

Others we know well & have fought before, but appear again!

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Understanding viral emergence is also not just for viral biologists: there are so many factors that provide influence, from that virus and host to environmental, anthropic, and human-animal interface.

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#Flu in #Queensland, week to 28AUG2022
😷Total numbers are low but a little tail is wagging
😷Hospital admission numbers because of #flu, broken up by region of Qld, with historical context.
🤒Few but lingering at that level
😷Ian's take-home messages...
📢Flu seasons pass-a good (N95) mask, worn properly, indoors increases your chances of missing this one and of protecting others from you
📢Stay home if sick (=new: cough, sneezing, headache, fever, fatigue)
📢Stay away from the elderly if sick
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#Argentina, Ministry of #PublicHealth reported that an #outbreak of bilateral #pneumonia has been detected in six patients, without having been able to find its origin and #etiology. msptucuman.gov.ar/comunicado-ofi… RT @InfectiousDz
@InfectiousDz ''At this point, #covid19 and #influenza, both influenza A and B; and #HantaVirus'' have been ruled out.
@InfectiousDz ''One of the six cases has passed away, a #HCW.''
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SIMPLY PUT: All You Need To Know To Keep Yourself Safe From The Newly Emerging Diseases

#COVID19 #monkeypox #TomatoFlu

Read: businessinsider.in/bi-newsletter
Is it just us or does it feel like we are all starring in #StrangerThings and living in ‘the Upside Down’? We sure are living in stranger times and dealing with unpredictable plot twists almost every other day.
On August 24, 2022, India reported 10,649 new cases of the novel #coronavirus.

While the once-novel disease keeps coming back in waves, it isn’t the only one that the country is battling today. New diseases such as #monkeypox and #TomatoFlu are also plaguing the whole world.
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😷Australian National #Flu data up to 31JUL22.
🦠lab-confirmed total cases⬇ (peaked in ~first week of June)
Graphs from: www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/…
😷Yes, there is undoubtedly more testing capacity in Aus after labs beefed up PCR testing for the pandemic.
😷To check if this is a real change in #flu cases, we can look at positivity rate, deaths, hospital beds & ICU occupied beds with flu-positive patients
🛏️year to date (YTD from April 2022), 246 lab-confirmed influenza deaths (+65 since last fortnight)🛏️YTD, 1,581 sentinel hospital admissions (+92,⬆️)
🥽YTD, 103 (6.5%) admitted to ICU (+100,⬆️)
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A 𝙢𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙡𝙮 important thing still missing from conversations we're not having: excess death in winter-now & pre-pandemic.
•Respiratory viruses play a role in such seasonal death & harm
•In big flu years-like 2017 & 2019-we saw excess deaths
In low #flu years like 2018 & in 2020-21 (when we briefly cared about protecting each other & our older populations from a pandemic pathogen), we saw a real drop in deaths in accordance with the huge effort we put in to prevent virus transmission & protect our healthcare system.
Before projecting & overlay your own views & fears onto my words-I'm 𝘯𝘰𝘵 advocating for lockdowns, border closures or mask mandates. I seek communication, education & engagement around masks, & the implementation of clean𝘦𝘳 indoor air standards/tools to reduce aerosols
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#Flu in #Queensland, week to 24JUL2022
😷Total numbers continue to decline for another week
🤧Flu season is not done and dusted quite yet
🔵current data point(s) change in the subsequent week as outstanding results are finalised and reported
😷Percent positive with a moving average.
🤧Steadily in those >20 years
🤧Decline has stopped in those <20
😷Hospital admission numbers because of #flu, broken up by region of Qld, with historical context.
🤒Very small drop in admissions compared to the previous week
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Even *if* COVID was 'just another' virus (its not BTW), then this is still a problem. Here's why 🧵

In short, having ('just') ANOTHER virus that hospitalises many and infects many, many more ON TOP of existing respiratory viruses, is a big burden on healthcare
2/n the classic epidemiology bathtub metaphor may be useful here. Lets think of the bathtub as NHS (healthcare system) capacity ... adding covid to the mix, is like rapidly opening the tap up - or rather, like turning an extra tap on.
3/Also its not a choice between covid OR other viral infections

So not only can people get re-infected with covid multiple times, they can also get infected withmultiple viruses-i'll defer to epidemologists and virologists like @SGriffin_Lab @ArisKatzourakis @dgurdasani1 4 more
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🧬Detailed public-facing PCR data from a private lab in Queensland, Australia (thankyou🙏) showing #Flu down to 5.8% positivity (about 1 in 17 samples for COVID-19 testing are FluA positive).
•SARS-CoV-2 continues to rise, currently at 16.7% (1 in 6).
•RSV at 7.5% and slowly⬇ Image
🦠Rhinoviruses are, as usual, a major pathogen in causing acute respiratory infection and lab/healthcare-seeking behaviour.
🦠Human metapneumovirus (MPV), parainfluenza viruses (PIVs) and adenoviruses (AdVs) are on a slow rising trajectory Image
😷A reminder that whatever respiratory signs & symptoms bring a patient in for a test/Doctor's visit - many very different respiratory viruses can cause that disease. Only a good pathology laboratory test has a hope of identifying a cause.
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#Flu in #Queensland, week to 17JUL2022
😷Total numbers continue to decline for another week
🔵current data point(s) change in the subsequent week as outstanding results are finalised and reported Image
😷Percent positive with a moving average.
🤧Steadily declining now <10% positivity. Image
😷Hospital admission numbers because of #flu, broken up by region of Qld, with historical context.
🤒Big drop in admissions for another consecutive week Image
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#Flu in #Queensland, week to 10JUL2022
😷Total numbers have continued last week's decline (2 in a row)
🔵current data point(s) change in the subsequent week as outstanding results are finalised and reported
😷Percent positive with a moving average.
🤧Steadily declining.
😷Hospital admission numbers because of #flu, broken up by region of Qld, with historical context.
🤒Drop in admissions for another consecutive week
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😷Australian National #Flu data up to 03JUL22.
🦠lab-confirmed total cases⬆️ (peaked in ~first week of June)
Graphs from: www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/…
😷Yes, there is undoubtedly more testing capacity in Aus after labs beefed up PCR testing for the pandemic.
😷To check if this is a real decline in #flu, we can look at positivity rate, deaths, hospital beds & ICU occupied beds with flu-positive patients
🛏️year to date (YTD from April 2022), 113 54 lab-confirmed influenza deaths (+59 since last fortnight)🛏️YTD, 1,323 sentinel hospital admissions (+334 ⬆️; =normal lag)
🥽YTD, 86 (6.5%) of those admitted to ICU (+26⬆️; =normal lag)
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#Flu in #Queensland, week to 03JUL2022
😷Total numbers have continues last week's decline (2 in a row)
🔵current data point(s) change in the subsequent week as outstanding results are finalised and reported
😷Percent positive with a moving average.
🤧Steadily declining.
😷Hospital admission numbers because of #flu, broken up by region of Qld, with historical context.
🤒Drop in admissions for another consecutive week
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#Flu and #SARSCoV2 in New South Wales (NSW), Australia to week ending 25JUN2022.
😷 #SARSCoV2 total positive numbers now rising again, as #flu positives decline.
😷#SARSCoV2 rate is ~100/100,000 population for all age groups and steady while for #flu, it varies by age, up to ~60/100,00 for those aged 0-9 years, and declining
😷In terms of emergency department presentations, #flu-like illness is declining while #COVID19 presentations have stopped declining - slight⬆
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#Flu in #Queensland, week to 26JUN2022
😷Total numbers are declining (again) but..
😷current data point(s) often changes in the subsequent week as outstanding results are finalised and reported
😷Percent positive with a moving average.
🤧Still >10% but declining.
😷Hospital admission numbers because of #flu, broken up by region of Qld, with historical context.
🤒Drop in admissions this week
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NZ Emergency Doctor Describes Crisis Caused By Lifting COVID Public Health Measures

scoop.co.nz/stories/HL2206…
The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with Gary Payinda, an emergency doctor in Whangarei in Northland, one of the poorest areas of New Zealand, about the out-of-control spread of COVID-19 and the crisis in public hospitals.
In recent months, hospitals have been overwhelmed by COVID-19, influenza, and other respiratory illnesses.
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😷Australian National #Flu data up to 19JUN22.
🦠lab-confirmed total cases⬆️ but slowing
Graphs from: www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/…
😷Yes, there is undoubtedly more testing capacity in Aus after labs beefed up PCR testing for the pandemic.
😷One way to check this is a real rise in #flu cases, not just over-testing is to positivity rate, deaths, hospital beds & ICU occupied beds with flu-confirmed patients.
🛏️year to date (YTD from April 2022), 54 lab-confirmed influenza deaths (+27 since last fortnight)🛏️YTD, 989 sentinel hospital admissions (+256; slowing)
🥽YTD, 60 (6.1%) of those admitted to ICU (+15; slowing)
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And in news just in...#Flu says "haha, just kidding, still going", to Queensland.
#Flu in #Queensland to 19JUN2022
😷current data point(s) often changes in the subsequent week as outstanding results are finalised and reported
😷The biggest per population infection impact is in the under 20-year-olds.
😷Percent positive with a moving average. This also shows the rebound in the 20+ group.
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1. Short #flu 🧵
Looks like flu activity in the US is finally declining pretty much nationwide. @CDCgov says it is moving to the shortened FluView format next week, the one it uses in the off-season. Typically is does that from May-Sept, but this year has been different.
2. A child died from #flu last week, the 29th of the 2021-22 flu season. That's a low number compared to pre-Covid years, but as this chart shows, flu has been making a return after its early Covid hiatus. That's bad news for kids and their families.
3. Even though @CDCgov says #flu activity is decreasing, +2000 people were hospitalized for flu last week. In mid-June,
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#Flu and #SARSCoV2 in New South Wales (NSW), Australia to week ending 11JUN2022.
😷 #SARSCoV2 positives go slowly down, as #flu positives still go up.
No denominator here so no percentage positivity.
😷That comes from these graphs.
For #SARSCoV2 that rate is ~100/100,000 population for all age groups and steady while for #flu, it varies by age, up to ~80/100,00 for those aged 0-9 years, and rising
In terms of emergency department presentations, #flu is also still rising (watch that hook next week) while #COVID19 presentations are slowly decreasing (at about #flu levels now).
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#Flu in #Queensland to 12JUN2022
😷three weeks showing a slowing.
🤧The current data point often changes in the subsequent week as outstanding results are finalised and reported-but this looks to be a trend.
😷The biggest per population infection impact is in the under 20-year-olds.
😷A new graph (👏). Percent positive with a moving average. This also shows a decline.
🤧Northern Queensland #flu numbers are slowing down.
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1/🧵 Long COVID Brain Science: 🧠

For ~100M suffering 🌎, let’s use data to combat myths & #Misinformation

COVID is biologically dangerous long after virus is gone

#LongCOVID affects our….

📍Olfactory & Limbic Systems
📍 Interferon Autoimmunity
📍PET scans
📍Astrocytes

How? Image
2/ First, Epidemiological comparisons…

FLU vs. COVID

Survivors of viral infxns like #Flu don’t complain of 200 long-term symptoms & ~90% ongoing mood disorders.

#LongCOVID pts do.

Flu kills 0.5M/year vs COVID has killed 10X that (5M) in just 2 years.

bit.ly/3mJTBK4
3/ Consider this:

A study of 150k COVID survivors, hospitalized & not.

COVID survivors had 10-15X ‼️higher risk of considering #suicide at 1 year than 11M control patients.

This is horrifying, yet people still deny #LongCOVID’s importance.

WHY?

bit.ly/3HnHZpB ImageImageImage
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