Health experts say there is no way to predict how long this epic flu season will last. What they are able to confirm is that the relentless influenza terrorizing the U.S. is on track to breaking records in the number of cases developed and the number of deaths contributed to it.
The latest reports published state that ten percent of of deaths in the United States in the first part of 2019 could be from flu and its closely-related counterpart – pneumonia.
According to the acting director of the CDC, levels of individuals currently affected by flu are said to exceed the number of those who were stricken at the peak of the 2009 outbreak of swine flu. Present cases also outnumber the severe influenza outbreak of 2013.
“we can’t predict how much longer the severe season will last,” CDC reports
“everything we are looking at is bad news.”
CDC acting director Anne Schuchat said via conference call on Friday that flu and pneumonia were responsible for 1 of every 10 deaths last week. She continued by breaking the news that those numbers are likely to rise, according to Fortune.
The latest data analyzed the 40,414 deaths in the U.S. in the third week of 2018 and determined that 4,064 were from pneumonia or influenza. The number for that week is expected to rise as additional reports are sent to the CDC for analysis.
The news continues to worsen with hospitalization rates reaching record-breaking levels and this season showing no end in sight.
The center has contributed at least 63 children’s deaths to flu this season. They believe the flu-related U.S. death rate of 4,000 individuals per week is likely to climb before the season peaks.