Ballad reports more flu cases, urges caution amid 'uncommonly harsh' flu season

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According to Vox health correspondent Julia Belluz and University of Ottawa global health expert Steven J. Hoffman, "Flight bans post-9/11 did not prevent a deadly and prolonged flu season, travel restrictions didn't cut bird flu infections. swine flu travel restrictions achieved exactly 'no containment, ' and airport screening after SARS didn't catch a single case".

Health officials say the public should expect more person-to-person cases in the future. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people becoming severely ill and dying. That is compared to 19 million cases of influenza in the US, and more than 10 thousand deaths this flu season. Several states throughout the Midwest avoided peak level of activity, but reports of influenza-like illness in most of the region's states remain on the higher end.

There's still a lot about the virus health officials don't know, however, many doctors agree that Americans should be more concerned about the flu, at least right now.

So far, there is no Coronavirus vaccine. The World Health Organization situation report of January 27 reported that the median age of cases detected outside of China is 45 years.

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The U.S.is relying on the country's health system as a second line of defense.

"People are not out there and about with Coronavirus, walking down the halls or walking in the grocery store". As Sandra Opdycke, author of "The Flu Epidemic of 1918: America's Experience in the Global Health", notes, the 1918 flu was an exception that circled the globe three times, infecting one out of every four people on earth, and killing at least 50 million in just a few months. While Messonnier did not provide additional details, a Sunday news release from the San Benito County Health and Human Services Agency said the husband, 57, had recently traveled to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.

As the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide there are many Kiwis questioning how to stop the deadly virus from coming to New Zealand.

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