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Iowa doctors say CDC flu data is misleading – KCCI Des Moines

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Nov 18, 2020

Some Iowa doctors say current flu data for the state is misleading.A map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the country’s highest flu activity is in Iowa.Local doctors say activity in Iowa is low. They say the data accounts for everyone with flu-like symptoms. That could be a fever, cough or sore throat. All three are signs of the flu and coronavirus.University of Iowa’s Dr. Bradley Ford says a lot of those cases are likely COVID-19.“If you look at red vs. green graph, Iowa is about 5.5%. Other areas are less than 2%. Not a big discrepancy. You wonder if data isn’t quite caught-up or accurate,” Ford said.Ford says it’s important that people remain vigilant this flu season and get their flu shot.He also says wearing a mask and social distancing are some of the best ways to prevent both the flu and COVID-19 infection.

Some Iowa doctors say current flu data for the state is misleading.

A map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the country’s highest flu activity is in Iowa.

Local doctors say activity in Iowa is low. They say the data accounts for everyone with flu-like symptoms. That could be a fever, cough or sore throat. All three are signs of the flu and coronavirus.

University of Iowa’s Dr. Bradley Ford says a lot of those cases are likely COVID-19.

“If you look at red vs. green graph, Iowa is about 5.5%. Other areas are less than 2%. Not a big discrepancy. You wonder if data isn’t quite caught-up or accurate,” Ford said.

Ford says it’s important that people remain vigilant this flu season and get their flu shot.

He also says wearing a mask and social distancing are some of the best ways to prevent both the flu and COVID-19 infection.

 

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