Chatham Co. seeing low flu activity

Chatham Co. seeing low flu activity

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - After a record flu season in Georgia last year, this year cases of the flu are way down.

Since September, the state has been tracking activity. As of January 2, there has been just 68 confirmed cases, two flu related deaths and zero outbreaks. Here locally it’s even less than that.

Typically this time of year we see the flu spreading from person to person, but doctors say because of our public health practices, like wearing a mask and washing our hands, that’s not the case.

“We’ve had no impact from the flu, we have diagnosed zero cases since September when we started tracking,” said Dr. Stephen Thacker.

It’s something that is very uncommon, well into January and not a single case of the flu. Last year from September until April Memorial Health had 1,483 positive flu patients. Dr. Stephen Thacker, an infectious disease doctor says the new strains of COVID-19 are more contagious than the flu, but he says there are other reasons we haven’t been hit as hard this year which is a good thing.

“I am very thankful for that because the last thing we need at this point in time is additional reasons for people to have infections that land them in the hospital and so we’ve essentially eliminated that locally because we have enough challenges with our current just COVID infections that are circulating in our population so very thankful that it’s zero and again I hope it’s a combination of folks engaging with the vaccine as well as us wearing masks.”

Dr. Thacker says while it’s great we are seeing less flu in our area, it does mean that if you have flu like symptoms there’s high probability it’s COVID-19 so you need to follow the appropriate guidance.

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