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BayCare Clinic in the News: Flu cases are down; twindemic hasn’t materialized

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Dr. Christopher Painter of BayCare Clinic is interviewed by WBAY Channel 2 News

Dr. Christopher Painter, an emergency medicine physician with BayCare Clinic, spoke with WBAY Channel 2 News about the season’s unusually low flu activity.

Painter offered his thoughts as to why we’re seeing less flu cases than in years past and how we’ve thus far avoided the expected twindemic – a severe flu season coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think it’s hard to isolate any one preventative measure as being the main thing, but between decreased travel, decreased gatherings, increased awareness of how these respiratory illnesses spread and good hand hygiene, wearing masks, all of those things seem to be factors in reduced influenza spread,” Painter said.

The story aired on WBAY Channel 2 News.

It is available online. Watch the video.

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2021