(2 hours ago)Octo Wrote: There are A, B, C and D strains of flu virus floating around simultaneously every year. They mutate quickly and anyone who knows anything about this sort of thing could predict it as it happens every year.
An increasing flu hasn't happened every year at this point in the season. In fact, there is no year where the trajectory of the flu is like this one in the last 15 years or more where there are stats available at this stage of the flu season, namely week 8 and beyond.
According to the CDC, charts presented two days ago up through Feb. 23, there is no flu season in the last 15 years that was rising at this time or was only minimally doing so compared to this season. Only last season matches this season for February 23, but last season's chart had fallen for that week and the previous two weeks. Last year's stats continued to fall sharply after week 8 of 2018 (Approximately Feb. 23)
Reports from around the country are that this season's flu is continuing to climb. Furthermore, the CDC's stats on totals are ALWAYS adjusted upwards as lagging data comes in. IOW, this season will surpass last year's record season for the week ending February 23rd when the remaining cases are added.
It appears that the CDC has since removed the current comparison charts of actual ILIs (Influenza Like Illnesses) and confirmed cases. Travis County did the same thing last year with their death stats. First they, didn't post the most recent week. Then I called them to inquire about it. Lo and behold, their response was to remove the entire year's numbers! The CDC's scrub is so thorough that a Google image search doesn't provide a single current chart for this season. The most recent charts from a Google search are for Feb. 8th when the 'flu picture' for this season looked a little rosier.
The CDC was busted a couple years ago for covering up and hiding a quite negative vaxxine report, so they are no stranger to this kind of secrecy and lying. An increase in the flu would reflect badly on their flu vaxxine advocacy because when people get two different flues after getting the shot, it can be bad PR.