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Oklahoma's Mild Flu Season May Be Attributable To COVID Protections

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Oklahoma is experiencing a very mild flu season.

State epidemiologist, Dr. Jared Taylor, credits Oklahomans for practicing COVID-19 safety precautions, like washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing, for the low flu rates.

“To this point, our numbers have been notably lower than historic values and that very likely is attributable to many of the COVID interventions and mitigation strategies,” said Taylor.

The state’s latest report shows that since September 1st, 140 Oklahomans have been hospitalized and one has died from the flu. Compare that to last season, when nearly 3,600 Oklahomans were hospitalized and 85 died from the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says seasonal influenza activity remains lower than usual for this time of year across the country. Flu season usually peaks between December and February, and can last until May - although cases are reported year-round.

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