Buried in a CDC web page about yearly flu data collection is a message that may come as a surprise. It reads, “Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this system will suspend data collection for the 2020-21 influenza season.”
It is unclear how many flu cases have been counted among coronavirus numbers, but we do know that in 2020, cases of the flu had an inverse relationship with those of the coronavirus. In other words, as flu numbers went down, coronavirus numbers went up.
Debate raged over the legitimacy of official coronavirus numbers as hospitals were paid large sums of money for each cause of death registered as COVID via the CARES Act passed by Congress.
COVID deaths tend to be among older people with preexisting conditions like diabetes. Because every death registered with a positive test is logged as an official coronavirus death, it is not always clear whether a death was from COVID, with COVID, or if the virus was one of many contributing factors.naturalblaze CDC Announces They Will Be Rolling Back Collection of Flu Data During the 2020-2021 Season