Magically the Flu has disappeared after 100,000 years
'I've been on the influenza beat for 20 years and I've never seen anything like this,' BCCDC expert says
Health officials in B.C. have not detected a single case of influenza circulating in the community since flu season began, continuing an "exceptional" nationwide trend even as the province sits in the thick of its regular flu season.
The B.C. Centre of Disease Control (BCCDC) confirmed the non-existent seasonal flu numbers to CBC News on Monday. "It's still a big goose egg in terms of influenza detection provincially. It's really quite exceptional how low the influenza activity is," said Dr. Danuta Skowronski, the lead for influenza and emerging respiratory virus monitoring at the BCCDC.
"I've been on the influenza beat for 20 years and I've never seen anything like this ... and that's not for lack of trying."
The BCCDC has tested 30,000 samples for influenza this year. Only a dozen of those tests came back positive and all were linked to people who'd received a vaccine, which doesn't count as community spread.
By comparison, the centre found 861 positive tests last year with roughly one-third of the testing.
B.C.'s experience is reflected across the country. A report from the Public Health Agency of Canada on Thursday said there hasn't been enough influenza cases to even declare that the 2020-21 flu season has begun in Canada.
The statistics have calmed fears of health experts across Canada who worried a second wave of COVID-19 would arrive just as seasonal flu infections began to spread, creating an overwhelming "twindemic" this winter.
"We are trying to find that [influenza] virus, but so far, nothing — which is good news," said Skowronski.
IT's A COVID MIRACLE!!! No it is not, PCR testing can not tell the difference between the Flu and Covid. No mystery here.