Pandemic perk? Less influenza this season

Bottles of cold and flu medicine, plus vitamins, sit on a home countertop. This year is one of the lowest influenza seasons on record, according to the CDC. Photo by Amy Ta/KCRW.

The CDC says across the entire country, flu activity is minimal. In California, only a tiny percentage of tests have come back positive. Dr. Tara Vijayan of UCLA says the last time a patient of hers had the flu was February 2020. “Many of us suspect that the mitigation efforts that are underway to prevent coronavirus are actually helping substantially with influenza.”