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And now some good news: Flu season off to slow start

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Seasonal influenza is off to a slow start this season in Alaska, according to the State Department of Health and Social Services.

Whether it’s because of masks, vaccinations, or simply the public staying home more, the flu has barely made an appearance in the 49th state this fall. That’s a good thing for keeping hospitalization days lower and allowing more capacity for other illnesses, including COVID-19.

Flu is the 10th leading cause of death in Alaska, with 61 people dying of it last year. This year, 12,118 Alaskans have acquired COVID-19, and 68 of them have died with the disease, although there were often other contributing factors.

There are currently 59 people in the hospital in Alaska with COVID-19, with seven on ventilators.

The main uptick in influenza this month has been in Northwest Alaska with four cases this week, according to the State data.

Toward the end of winter of 2020, the flu cases dropped off dramatically across Alaska as people stopped person-to-person interacting with others as a way to ward off the coronavirus.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Isn’t this because the flu stricken are “presumed positive” for Covid-19?

  • Good news of lower numbers of flu. Another observation is that there are more people and schools doing “deep cleaning.” When I owned a school years ago we increased the cleaning policy resulting in no one getting sick. We also availed Vitamin C, increased nutrition awareness, and availed Emergen C / Airborne for the staff. Clean environment and empowered immune system made a happy community.
    Another observation is that yesterday morning there were about 20 cars in line at a drive through COVID lab … are we so hypersensitive to a sniffle and are we assimilating the data of other pathologies as much as we interrogate COVID 19?

  • Very informative article. Keep in mind that like COVID, deaths usually occur with people who have underlying health conditions. Truthfully, the majority of Americans typically have at least one.

  • How many flu cases are being called COVID cases? The government is not paying a bonus for influenzas, only the Chinese flu.

    • Exactly Kenai Mike . Well said.

      Many of the doctors going along with these willfully deceptive COVID deaths for more money when in fact, most of these unfortunate people died of a pre-existing health issue while simply having a symptom of COVID. Huge difference.

      These doctors know it and the media knows it. How can this not be collusion on the grandest scale to deceive the nation & the entire world while taking a page right out of Hitler’s playbook. Keep saying the same thing over & over and they will eventually believe it.

      This explains the non-stop updates of increased cases every hour, day and week by ADN, KTUU, CNN, MSNBC and others to promote unnecessary fear. Because when you create more fear , you obtain greater control of the population. It’s no longer debatable as it is now painfully obvious.

  • Excellent news Suzanne !

    Mainly because the regular flu (that historically kills more people EVERTY past year) is not being used as a weapon to {deceive} everyone on a grand (GLOBAL) scale knowingly & willfully. The truth about Covid has been hijacked by AMBITIOUS, self-serving individuals who run the financial world, those in the medical field, scientists, politicians and of course the pure EVIL that exists and dominates our controlled media.

    These self serving individuals are NOT thinking about their ETERNAL destination and life after this one. They only see the FINANICIAL , POWER & CONTROL gains, benefits and value of perpetuating the biggest lie known to mankind.

    The sheer fact that we cannot turn on a TV set, a radio to escape all of this Covid new cases &%$#@ or read the local news each day without being bombarded by updates on INCREASED CASES suggesting it means DOOM, GLOOM and eventual death – should be more than evident about what this is all about. Especially when 99.9 % of young and even not so young will be fine even if they did get this virus. The establish wants you to forget this inconvenient fact by BOMBARTING you & I with NEW CASES updates HOURLY, DAILY & WEEKLY to create more and more fear. Because more FEAR equals more control over us.

    ** James 3:16, “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”

    ** 2 Thessalonians 2:11, ” For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie”.

    And the non-stop discussions about vaccinating everyone. At one point after it may be voluntary at first, it very well will be MANDATED and Dr. Evil himself himself (Fauci) was just heard suggesting today that the vaccine should be mandated ? Hopefully, I am not the only one connecting this to REVELATIONS 16. ” Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.”

    The average person today cannot see any of this. Why ? Because they don’t read the Bible.

    Suzanne – Thank you for all of your hard work ! And thank you for being the only available news (FREE speech) platform left in Anchorage. KTVA used to censor comments before they were absorbed by KTUU Channel 2 – who by the way will NOT allow ANY comments at all any longer. Coincidence ?
    This deliberate, strategic and willful act by KTUU to censor our voices should open everyone’s eyes about what is going on regarding Covid.

    The thought of us living in a world between Good vs. Evil has been confirmed.

  • It’s not called the “Flu” anymore, it”s called COVID.

  • It’s because the CDC does NOT separate flu, flu like illness, pneumonia or covid from one another. Also, only 6% of all covid cases had no underlying conditions. Of cases which did admit to an underlying cause, there was an average of 2.6 per case. Don’t forget that a “case” simply means a positive test result and what does that mean, really?

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