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Few Influenza Cases Last Year Could Have Implications For This Season

Public safety precautions put in place last year to help stem the spread of COVID-19 also caused influenza cases to nosedive.

But that could backfire during this year’s flu season, said Dr. James Conway, associate director for health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Global Health Institute.

“Obviously, we don’t have a lot to go on because the social lockdown and mitigation programs on both sides of the globe have really shut down influenza across the board,” Conway said. “And so, it’s really been sort of an educated guess.”