Since the COVID War was launched a year ago, the flu, which, according to the WHO, estimated the annual mortality burden to be 250,000 to 500,000 all-cause deaths globally, has suddenly vanished!
Actually, the number of flu deaths was much higher, according to the Journal of Global Health, which states,
“A 2017 study indicated a substantially higher mortality burden, at 290,000-650,000 influenza-associated deaths from respiratory causes alone, and a 2019 study estimated 99,000-200,000 deaths from lower respiratory tract infections directly caused by influenza.”
On 26 August, NPR reported:
“This year’s flu season in the Southern Hemisphere was weirdly mild. A surprisingly small number of people in the Southern Hemisphere have gotten the flu this year, probably because the public health measures put in place to fight COVID-19 have also limited the spread of influenza… That makes public health experts hopeful that the U.S. and other northern countries might be spared the double whammy of COVID-19 and a bad flu season this winter.”
Now, with the northern hemisphere in mid-winter flu season, Summit News reported this headline last Tuesday:
UK: Health Authorities Announce Not a Single Case of Flu Detected This Year
Two days later, U.S. News & World Report published the headline:
Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Flu Has Disappeared in the U.S.
It includes a statement from Dr. Nate Mick, who said, “At Maine Medical Center in Portland, the state’s largest hospital, I have seen zero documented flu cases this winter.” The article adds, “Ditto in Oregon’s capital city where the outpatient respiratory clinics affiliated with Salem Hospital have not seen any confirmed flu cases.”
The article also confirmed that flu activity had dropped to “very low levels in China, Europe, and elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere.”
The Party Line
In its 23 February article titled, “UK: Health Authorities Announce Not a Single Case of Flu Detected This Year,” Summit News quotes Christina Pagel, a professor of operational research at University College London. Ms. Pagel said,
“The social restrictions brought in to curb transmission of coronavirus, combined with an increased uptake of flu vaccine, have both been credited with driving down infections… It would be worthwhile to encourage mask wearing every winter.”
The U.K. government’s “Weekly National Influenza Report” had cited thousands of infections per week during weeks leading up to the arrival of the coronavirus last year. But now, it has fallen way down to zero this year?
Even in the U.S., for example, last year, there were 100 confirmed hospitalizations in Maine’s largest hospital the year before – but now they are down to zero?
Why the Flu Drop Off?
On 23 February, Summit News, which stated the above findings, wrote,
“As we previously highlighted, other health experts have suggested that flu cases are so dramatically low because influenza cases are being falsely counted as COVID-19 cases.”
Last month, top epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski, who earned a doctorate in both computer science and biometry, asserted,
“Influenza has been re-named COVID-19 in large part. According to the CDC, the cumulative positive influenza test rate from late September into the week of 19 December was just 0.2 percent compared to 8.7 percent from a year before….
There may be quite a number of influenza cases included in the ‘presumed COVID-19’ category of people who have COVID-19 symptoms (which Influenza symptoms can be mistaken for), but are not tested for SARS RNA.”
TRENDPOST: In the new world of Censorship 2.0, only the official “establishment” point of view is permitted. The New York Post reported last 16 May:
“Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski, former head of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design at Rockefeller University, says YouTube removed a video of him talking about the virus that had racked up more than 1.3 million views. Wittkowski, 65, is a ferocious critic of the nation’s current steps to fight the coronavirus. He has derided social distancing, saying it only prolongs the virus’ existence and has attacked the current lockdown as mostly unnecessary.”