Flu, the respiratory virus that in a normal winter hospitalises about 400 Britons a week, was expected to push the NHS to breaking point with Covid still around.
That fear was stoked in July after a report by the Academy of Medical Sciences warned that up to 60,000 people may die from flu this year – up from a usual average of between 10,000 to 25,000 a year, and equal to a third of the UK’s total deaths from Covid so far.
Then, in August, Public Health England data showed that having Covid and flu at the same time doubled the risk of death.
One reason for the exceptionally high number of cases predicted was because of the strikingly low levels of recorded flu last year, meaning that fewer in the population had built up immunity.
Read more: ‘Covid’ killed off flu for a SECOND year: Curious case of vanishing influenza ‘could be due to social distancing, winter jabs … and coronavirus infection’, ludicrous, I meaning truly ludicrous, ‘experts’ say. It hasn’t vanished you IDIOTS it’s been re-diagnosed ‘Covid-19’. Jeeez