You'll probably hear about it at the local level especially if you're in a city affected by 5G because those are the places where the flu has hut hardest. The flu has hit 26 million here in the US, but those are only the reported cases. People who stay home and weather the storm on their own aren't counted.
Also the CDC revises their numbers upwards each week due to lagging reports.
The new strain can be riskier, as it's more likely to produce pneumonia.