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2021-02-26 7:34:54 AM  
It's obviously because doctors are lying about the cases and influenza causes false positives on coronavirus tests. Must be true because idiots in the comments section of an internet news post told me so and refused to give any evidence.

/just getting the whargarbel out of the war
 
2021-02-26 7:45:17 AM  

Permanent Solutions For Permanent Problems: It's obviously because doctors are lying about the cases and influenza causes false positives on coronavirus tests. Must be true because idiots in the comments section of an internet news post told me so and refused to give any evidence.

/just getting the whargarbel out of the war


War is always full of whargarble.  In fact, you can't spell whargarble without war!
 
2021-02-26 7:48:43 AM  
This is why China gave us Coronavirus.  It was the only way to kill the flu in its heartland.  Asia gets devastated year after year by influenza, and that's because the diseased Westerners keep delivering it to their doorstep.  They had to unleash something so terrible that Americans would finally be forced to learn and use basic hygiene.

/Now let's see if we get traumatized enough to retain what we learned...
 
2021-02-26 7:59:49 AM  
I dunno, I had a fever and had two negative Covid PCR tests done. That was it. Did I have the flu? The fark if I know. I was vaccinated for it and symptoms were about 100F for a day which means it wasn't the flu. Maybe the vaccine helped mitigate symptoms. Maybe it was the flu. Maybe not. We'll never know, because I don't think we're testing for the flu that much and numbers are down. That's just one piece of the puzzle.
 
2021-02-26 8:02:58 AM  

White_Scarf_Syndrome: I dunno, I had a fever and had two negative Covid PCR tests done. That was it. Did I have the flu? The fark if I know. I was vaccinated for it and symptoms were about 100F for a day which means it wasn't the flu. Maybe the vaccine helped mitigate symptoms. Maybe it was the flu. Maybe not. We'll never know, because I don't think we're testing for the flu that much and numbers are down. That's just one piece of the puzzle.


I think the only real way to tell is if you let us know how much fresh fruit you've been eating.
 
2021-02-26 8:17:53 AM  
More proof that Covid-19 is NOT THE FLU.

The flu we can beat simply by not going around spreading it at work, school and all public and private gatherings. Covid-19 is a tougher customer.

By the way, this news factoid doesn't mean there is no flu in the general population, but there are no reportable hospitalizations or reportable cases in doctor's offices. Some of the decline is clearly due to a decline in cases because the protective measures that work for Covid-19 work for other viruses, while some are very likely due to people not going to hospitals or their doctors because they are afraid they've got or will get Covid-19.

So much like most news, the answer is yes and no. That's what all the hemming and hawing by doctors and scientists is for. To cover the false negatives and false positives and the real ambiguity and indeterminancy of the data aka the facts.
 
2021-02-26 8:20:09 AM  
Imagine a lot more people got the flu vaccine this year as well.  I know i did.  I rarely get one but i did this year.
 
2021-02-26 8:29:52 AM  

dittybopper: White_Scarf_Syndrome: I dunno, I had a fever and had two negative Covid PCR tests done. That was it. Did I have the flu? The fark if I know. I was vaccinated for it and symptoms were about 100F for a day which means it wasn't the flu. Maybe the vaccine helped mitigate symptoms. Maybe it was the flu. Maybe not. We'll never know, because I don't think we're testing for the flu that much and numbers are down. That's just one piece of the puzzle.

I think the only real way to tell is if you let us know how much fresh fruit you've been eating.


Quesadillas.
 
2021-02-26 9:08:25 AM  

White_Scarf_Syndrome: dittybopper: White_Scarf_Syndrome: I dunno, I had a fever and had two negative Covid PCR tests done. That was it. Did I have the flu? The fark if I know. I was vaccinated for it and symptoms were about 100F for a day which means it wasn't the flu. Maybe the vaccine helped mitigate symptoms. Maybe it was the flu. Maybe not. We'll never know, because I don't think we're testing for the flu that much and numbers are down. That's just one piece of the puzzle.

I think the only real way to tell is if you let us know how much fresh fruit you've been eating.

Quesadillas.


Fresh fruit not good enough for you eh? Well I'll tell you something my lad. When you're walking home tonight and some homicidal maniac comes after you with a bunch of loganberries, don't come crying to me!
 
2021-02-26 9:19:28 AM  
Now imagine if people had, in the past, started to wear masks around flu season. Or when they were sick. Or didn't go out when they were sick. Think of how many lives could have been saved of those 50,000-60,000 if people practiced basic freakin' hygiene like washing their hands and covering their mouths when they cough.

The whole Covid thing has really made me realize how disgusting human beings are. We really used to get on planes, sit in a small enclosed space with hundreds of other people, and not worry about the fact that, oh, I have a cold but I'm not gonna cover my mouth when I sneeze?
 
2021-02-26 10:08:39 AM  
Covid is probably suppressing it. Not all viruses get along. (A doctor I work with told me that, I wouldn't venture a guess, I'm not a communicable disease doctor)
 
2021-02-26 11:58:07 AM  

Stargazer86: Now imagine if people had, in the past, started to wear masks around flu season. Or when they were sick. Or didn't go out when they were sick. Think of how many lives could have been saved of those 50,000-60,000 if people practiced basic freakin' hygiene like washing their hands and covering their mouths when they cough.

The whole Covid thing has really made me realize how disgusting human beings are. We really used to get on planes, sit in a small enclosed space with hundreds of other people, and not worry about the fact that, oh, I have a cold but I'm not gonna cover my mouth when I sneeze?


We're not going to be wearing masks all the time.  Ain't going to happen.  Now, I know many people who've worked sick (yes, they had PTO available) just to not use it.   That needs to stop.   That being said, those of us with seasonal allergies are tired of being lumped in with the sick.

All the MasKarens are going to just be the same anti-social piles of neurosis they were before.
 
2021-02-26 12:53:01 PM  

OldJames: Covid is probably suppressing it. Not all viruses get along.

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