Flu numbers could return to normal levels this season
WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. – As we get into the height of flu season, health officials say it could make a bigger comeback this year.
“Now that we’re opening up a little bit more, I think it’s likely that numbers could increase a bit. But, it’s very difficult to tell year to year with all the various strains how flu numbers are going to work,” said Travis Brown with the Worcester County Health Department.
Brown says people staying in, masking up, and social distancing likely contributed to the lower flu numbers last year. But that could change this year. “Right now, the 2020-2021 season is pretty low compared to in years past with people staying inside and wearing masks and everything. So, if you start to see that number tick up as it’s reported week to week, no one should panic because that’s pretty normal,” said Brown.
There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from the flu, like getting a flu shot. “Keep your hand sanitizer nearby, wash your hands. If you’re sick, stay home. We’re just trying to cut down on the spread a little bit,” said Brown.
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