(ORDO NEWS) — The coronavirus pandemic could have caused the extinction of some types of flu. The fact is that the forced quarantine measures have minimized the number of seasonal colds and viruses. Wearing masks, social distancing, sanitizers and other established habits are now saving the lives of millions of people from other dangers. This is reported by Livescience.
Scientists came to this conclusion after over the past year not a single person contracted influenza from such family groups as: H1N1 (Influenza A) and H3N2 (Influenza B). These families, in turn, are divided into treasures and species. Treasure 3c3.A and species B / Yagamata have not been recorded anywhere since March 2020.
Trevor Bedford, a fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, said the chances of influenza viruses disappearing are more than real. It is also necessary to monitor seasonal diseases in order to say with accuracy whether the viruses have disappeared or not.
Every year, up to 650 thousand people die in the world due to influenza. Therefore, the disappearance of at least some types of the disease gives good forecasts for the dynamics of the spread of epidemics. The wearing of masks and the use of other personal protective equipment will in the future cause the disappearance of many viral infections, not just the flu.
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