Starting today look for Covid rates to go down and flu rates to go up.
The CDC has dropped the authorization for the PCR Covid tests (emergency authorization) and directed all testing centers to use different tests that will distinguish between flu and Covid. The primary test that has been used to now showed a positive whether person had flu or Covid and they were then counted as Covid whether it was flu or Covid. Since the Covid has arrived the flu rates have been especially low. Thoughts had been that better hygiene, social distancing and masks were preventing the flu. Also that possibly the Covid vaccines were protecting flu also.
By this change we will learn if we really have controlled flu and more accurate counts on positives of Covid. Also it will make reports for next month on Covid rates suspicious and telling us trends in control of Covid.
The press release by the CDC ordering this change from last July to take effect December 31, 2021 is at this link. https://www.cdc.gov/csels/dls/locs/2021/07-21-2021-lab-alert-Changes_CDC_RT-PCR_SARS-CoV-2_Testing_1.html
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