Update and COVID verses Influenza

Update and COVID verses Influenza

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Daily cases

https://www.worldometers.Daily casesnfo/coronavirus/

Canada official site


Coronavirus, influenza and pneumonia


Death, January and August 2020

Caused by COVID-19, 48,168

Caused by pneumonia, 13,619

Caused by influenza, 394

Highest number of deaths due to influenza and pneumonia, January 2020

But below the five-year average in every month

COVID-19 (January to August) deaths have been higher than those caused by influenza and pneumonia,1959 to 2020

One man’s experience


Doctors prepared to announce his death

They gave me a face mask so I got litres and litres of oxygen and for a long time I had that and the little nose jobbie

It was a tough old moment, I won’t deny it

the bloody indicators kept going in the wrong direction

He realised there was no cure for Covid-19.

It was hard to believe that in just a few days my health had deteriorated to this extent.

I remember feeling frustrated. I couldn’t understand why

I wasn’t getting better

But the bad moment came when it was 50-50 whether they were going to have to put a tube down my windpipe

That was when it got a bit . . . they were starting to think about how to handle it presentationally

Weekly national Influenza and COVID- 19 surveillance report (PHE)

Week 44 report (up to week 43 data) 29 October 2020

Weeks 43 is 19th to 25th October 2020


COVID-19 activity at a national level has continued to increase

Currently limited testing for other respiratory viruses

Influenza, 1 case A(H3)

Rhinovirus activity, high, but has decreased over the past five weeks

Incidence and positivity rates, North of England

Highest, 20 to 29 year olds

Decreases continuing, 10 to 19 year olds

Positivity rates were highest in the 80+

COVID-19 confirmed hospital and ICU/HDU admission, increased

COVID-19 confirmed deaths increased

No overall excess all-cause mortality was observed in week 42

Only in North West

National seroprevalence, blood donor samples 5.6%

Highest in London

Highest in young adults.

Influenza vaccine uptake is the highest it has ever been

for those aged 65+ and in 2 and 3 year olds

and for at-risk groups


Population 51 million

Cases, 55,877

Deaths, 1,013

Hand sanitizers and soap everywhere

Gloves given out

Mandated masks


Buses and minibuses windows open

All vehicles half occupancy

Curfew 7pm to 5 am (enforced)

Group no more than 5

Only truck drivers allowed to travel between towns

Quarantine wards and hospitals

Now starting to reopen

Food distributed to poor households

Mont Kilimandjaro and Mont Kenya from Nairobi

Water borne diseases down

RTAs down

Investment in health care

Building own ventilators for $4,000

Oxford vaccine trials started