DENVER (KDVR) – For the second year in a row, the flu rate in Colorado remains below average.
Doctors warned before the start of the flu season last year that COVID and flu could coincide into a ‘pandemic’ throughout the winter of 2021-22, but so far flu numbers have remained well below historical averages.
Flu-related hospital admissions plummeted to almost non-existent in the two flu seasons since the COVID pandemic began in March 2020. During the 2020-21 flu season, flu hospitalizations were less than 1 % from the previous one. last year.
The hospitalization rate for the 2019-20 flu season was 61.5 people per 100,000 residents across all 64 Colorado counties. During the 2020-21 season, this rate drops to just 0.06 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents.
It is up slightly from last year this season but is still far below pre-pandemic levels. In December 2021, the flu hospitalization rate was 2.94 per 100,000 population.
The number of people hospitalized with the flu has increased this year with the official flu season four months away.
Colorado has seen a meager 34 flu hospitalizations during the 2020-21 season. As of the end of January, this year 353 people have been hospitalized with flu. In comparison, the 2019-20 flu season saw more than 3,500 hospitalizations.
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