Normal flu had already almost disappeared in August 2020 at the height of the season in the Southern hemisphere’s winter.. being ‘displaced by the Covid virus‘. Even so we were all conned into getting anti flu injections due to the ‘double virus’ danger.
But a new stronger virus or strain of the same virus can displace and nearly eliminate an existing one, as history clearly shows.
The flu has all but DISAPPEARED. So the Covid virus has saved between 300,000 and 650,000 deaths from normal flu (WHO figures). But it has killed at least 2,500,000 of us so far and caused long term or permanent injury. (17 Feb 2021 figure).
These facts raise many new questions. Why did the huge Flu Vaccination Campaign go ahead in late 2020 when the WHO must have known full well that Covid had displaced the flu? Because they had already bought the vaccines?
Why get vaccinated if there is no flu?? Did the Flu Vaccination campaign promote Covid? ..”influenza viruses simply get replaced by other respiratory viruses, including coronaviruses”
It seems likely then that vaccinating against flu HELPED Covid to displace it and become a pandemic in western countries.
For example in China where Covid was quickly suppressed the rate of flu vaccination is only about 2%, compared with 50% in the US. And in African countries with little or no flu vaccinations resistance to Covid had been exponentially greater.
‘‘It is well known, however, that influenza vaccinations do not reduce the overall incidence of influenza-like illnesses, as influenza viruses simply get replaced by other respiratory viruses, including coronaviruses”
More questions than answers. As one more infectious virus displaces another similar one why not just pick a harmless but very infectious strain of Covid and spread it around?
Why the flu has ‘disappeared’
by Swiss Policy Research via The New Dark Age. shared with thanks
Why has the flu disappeared since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic?
In 2020, after the global coronavirus pandemic began, influenza viruses mysteriously disappeared from global circulation (see WHO FluNet chart above). Some skeptics suspected that influenza was simply reclassified as covid, while many journalists and ‘fact checkers’ claimed influenza was suppressed by face masks and lockdowns.
But influenza has not been reclassified as covid, and influenza viruses have disappeared even in countries without face masks and lockdowns (e.g. Sweden), while they did not disappear during previous flu epidemics and pandemics, despite face masks, school closures, and other measures.
Instead, influenza viruses have simply been displaced by the more infectious novel coronavirus. This displacement effect is well known from previous influenza pandemics: the 1918 flu virus was displaced by the 1957 flu virus, which in turn was displaced by the 1968 flu virus (see chart).
The 2009 swine flu virus temporarily displaced previous flu viruses, but eventually couldn’t assert itself (see chart). And even during the current coronavirus pandemic, more transmissible virus strains have repeatedly displaced previous coronavirus strains, often within weeks.
The last coronavirus pandemic is thought to have occurred in the 1890s (“Russian flu”), which is why a coronavirus displacing influenza viruses was not seen for more than a century. It is well known, however, that influenza vaccinations do not reduce the overall incidence of influenza-like illnesses, as influenza viruses simply get replaced by other respiratory viruses, including coronaviruses.
But why do countries with little or no covid – most of them are islands – also have no influenza? Because they closed their borders early. If the coronavirus doesn’t get in, influenza viruses – which normally oscillate between the northern and southern hemispheres – won’t get in, either.
An interesting and open question is whether the novel coronavirus might permanently suppress some or all of the existing influenza virus strains. This might, at last, be a positive development.
1) Competition between various respiratory viruses
Temporal patterns of seasonal respiratory viral infections in Glasgow (UK). Red: rhinoviruses, orange and yellow: influenza viruses; light green: coronaviruses.
Temporal patterns of viral respiratory infections (Nickbaksh et al, 2019)
2) The 2009 swine flu virus (almost) displacing other flu viruses
3) Sweden: No lockdown, no face masks, no influenza
4) Timeline of pandemic influenza viruses
Timeline of pandemic influenza viruses (Nickol, 2019)
Global circulation of influenza viruses, 2018-2021 (WHO FluNet)
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- barovsky Reply But why do countries with little or no covid – most of them are islands – also have no influenza? Because they closed their borders early. If the coronavirus doesn’t get in, influenza viruses – which normally oscillate between the northern and southern hemispheres – won’t get in, either. So, there was no flu in these countries already?