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Health officials explain continuous rise in coronavirus but not flu cases

Published: Dec. 15, 2020 at 6:04 PM EST
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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - Officials from the Virginia Department of Health are explaining why coronavirus numbers continue to rise as flu cases stay down.

Currently, flu cases are at a minimal nationally and locally.

They say many of the mitigation measures in place against coronavirus have worked against flu.

They also say the flu hasn’t been as infectious as COVID.

Although both are respiratory illnesses, the flu hasn’t had the chance to spread yet like coronavirus.

“The bigger factor here is just that COVID is spreading, that it is in the community - so it’s on that trajectory. With flu - it looks like at this point - we’re seeing such little activity that it doesn’t have the chance to take off,” said Em Stephens, Virginia Department of Health respiratory disease coordinator.

Stephens says we typically see an increase of flu cases around and after the holidays.

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