How nasty has COVID been? It has almost completely eradicated the flu this year while surging to record-breaking numbers of its own.
Experts had predicted a wave of influenza that would add to the burden on hospitals this winter. But that wave never made it to shore.
There were only 165 patients hospitalized nationwide with the flu since October. Last season there were 400,000.
The mild flu season was held at bay with COVID measures such as masks and social distancing. Perhaps the biggest factor: Kids — who are usually super spreaders — have been staying home.