Unbelievable statistics have emerged suggesting the flu is "almost wiped out," and scientists have a very big reason in mind for why.
Now, this is the news we all need...
Because let's be honest, this pandemic feels like it's never going to end.
And it's perhaps been the longest twelve months that many of us have ever experienced.
Of course, we're heading in the right direction...
But with so many countries remaining in full lockdowns and travel bans being implemented across the world, it seems as if it'll be a very long time until things get back to normal.
However, good news is never far around the corner...
And the latest findings of the common flu have astonished medical experts after they discovered it is at an all-time low for the first time in 130 years.
Wow. Keep on reading to find out exactly what has happened...
Now, it's been a year since COVID-19 brought the entire world to a standstill since its spread in Wuhan, China...
And although we've come a long way since then, it's certainly been a rollercoaster of a ride.
More than 2 million people across the globe have tragically died as a result of this deadly virus...
But even though each and every one of these deaths has been an utter tragedy, there is light at the end of the tunnel... finally.
Just a couple of months ago in November 2020, the first COVID-19 vaccine was approved...
And, after months of world-wide lockdowns and quarantines, this news was music to everyone's ears.
The vaccine's developers - Pfizer and BioNTech - described the milestone as a "great day for science and humanity."
And, in December, the companies announced that they would be supplying the U.S with 100 million additional doses.
Spirits are high...
Because at least 25.2 million people have been vaccinated here in the States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And we aren't the only ones receiving the vaccine!
Almost 600,000 more people received the covid vaccine jabs in the UK yesterday.... including my Nan!!! 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/Q0N05JFBgH— Dave Goodings (@DavidGoodings) January 31, 2021
Other countries such as the U.K have been administering the vaccines out to their residents at an incredible pace - more than 4 million people have now been vaccinated in the world's worst-affected country.
And, to combat the few vaccine skeptics, various celebrities and public figures had their jabs administered on live TV.
Former vice-president, Mike Pence, was the unlikely figure to lead the trend, with him being one of the first to receive the vaccine during a live White House broadcast.
And then our newly elected president, Joe Biden, quickly followed suit.
Folks, I just received the second dose of my COVID-19 vaccine — and just like the first dose, it was safe, quick, and painless.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 11, 2021
I urge everyone to get vaccinated once it’s your turn. Because only together can we save lives and beat this virus. pic.twitter.com/w1m8gEh2iL
After receiving the second dose of the vaccine, he tweeted:
"Folks, I just received the second dose of my COVID-19 vaccine - and just like the first dose, it was safe, quick, and painless. I urge everyone to get vaccinated once it's your turn. Because only together can we save lives and beat this virus."
For many, the success of the vaccine has signalled an end to the dark days of the pandemic...
And it seems that it has signalled so much more!
Has anyone else noticed that the spread of the common cold and flu now seems to be non-existent?
In the last year, millions have noticed that they haven't been getting unwell with these pesky common illnesses nowhere near as much as they usually would.
Of course, staying at home and wearing face masks has definitely contributed to the decline of the cold and flu...
And because personal hygiene is more important and stressed than ever, these viruses are no longer being spread.
Well, according to a new report from the Sunday Times, the number of people struck down by the flu has dropped significantly...
By ninety-five percent, to be precise.
In the second week of January - a period that is usually the peak of the flu season - the number of flu-like illnesses reported to GPs was just 1.1 per 100,000 people.
This is compared to a five-year average rate of twenty-seven per 100,000 people.
Speaking to the newspaper, Simon de Lusignan - professor of primary care at the University of Oxford and director of the Royal College of GPs research and surveillance center, which focuses on flu - said influenza has now been "almost completely wiped out."
He added, "I cannot think of a year this has happened."
John McCauley, director of the World Health Organisation's collaborating center for reference and research on influenza, then said:
"The last time we had evidence of such low rates was when we were still just counting influenza deaths, and that was in 1888, before the 1889-90 flu pandemic."
And believe it or not, it is believed that the pandemic has played an unlikely part in the dramatic fall in numbers...
Largely because increased hygiene has left flu germs nowhere to go.
Professor Martin Marshall, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, told the Sunday Times that the various health measures taken to combat Covid-19 are likely to be the main factor behind the drop in cases.
This is definitely the news we needed!
And let's hope that when the pandemic finally comes to an end, our new hygiene measures will remain in place to keep the numbers of flu cases down.
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