The CDC will be hosting a call to discuss “Testing and Treatment of 2020-2021 Seasonal Influenza During the COVID-19 Pandemic” on Thursday September 17, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET. Per the World Health Organization’s FluNet platform from three Southern Hemisphere countries (Australia, Chile, and South Africa), low influenza activity was reported during June through August 2020, months that comprise the typical Southern Hemisphere influenza season. The low influenza activity observed in this part of the world might reflect the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions implemented to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2. That said, it is not possible to predict influenza activity or the severity of the upcoming influenza season in the United States with the potential for co-circulation of influenza viruses and SARS-CoV-2.
While vaccination remains the best way to prevent influenza, antiviral medications are an essential adjunct to vaccination, especially for treating outpatients with suspected or confirmed influenza, in persons at high risk for influenza complications, people with progressive diseases and hospitalized influenza patients.
Consider joining this call as it may be beneficial for you, your staff and your residents. Listen to the experts, determine the best plan for your center and stay safe! If you are unable to attend the live COCA call, the recording will be available for viewing on the COCA Call webpage below a few hours after the live event ends.