Influenza and COVID-19 Updates

Author: PDI Healthcare Clinical Team

Categories: Articles, Healthcare & Patient Care October 14, 2021

October marked the start of the 2021-2022 Influenza season. This year presents unique challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s more important than ever to ensure you are protecting your health and the health of your loved ones with proper infection prevention measures. PDI is invested in providing you with the most up-to-date information as it becomes available. Please continue to visit this page for ongoing updates regarding the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Influenza virus!

U.S. Influenza Activity: Review of 2020-2021 Influenza Season 2

  • Flu activity was unusually VERY LOW, only 0.2% of specimens tested were positive for influenza.
  • 193.8 million influenza vaccinations were given during the 2020-2021 flu season, which is the most ever given during any flu season.
  • Influenza A strains account for about 37.5% of total circulation, which is lower than prior flu seasons. Influenza B accounted for the other 62.5%.

U.S. Influenza Activity IS MINIMAL – Week ending October 2nd, 2021

  • As of October 2nd, reports of Influenza-Like Illness are LOW, which is normal for this time of year.
  • Approximately 0.1% of specimens tested are positive for Influenza, which is extremely low.
  • As of October 2nd, 1.9% of outpatient visits were for Influenza-Like Illness (ILI), which is below the baseline of 2.6%
  • 18.7% of deaths were attributed to pneumonia, influenza, or COVID-19, which is more than the epidemic threshold of 5.7% for this time period.
  • 0 pediatric deaths have been reported during the 2021-2022 Flu Season.

U.S. COVID-19 Activity- Data as of October 14, 2021 1

  • As of October 14th, there have been 44,615,528 cases of COVID-19 in the United States.
  • There have been 718,681 total deaths in the United States.
  • As of October 14th, 597,258,741 cases have been reported. Of those, 46,0640,408 have been positive, and currently, the 7-day positivity rate is 5.74%
  • As of October 14th, the 7 day average of new cases is 178.3 per 100,000 people.

Helpful Prevention Tips:

  • Consider getting your influenza vaccination
  • Ensure that you’re practicing social distancing measures: mask-wearing, hand hygiene, & enhanced cleaning to protect you and your loved ones. This is helpful in COVID-19 and Influenza prevention.