Since 2020, Covid infections have followed a regular pattern.
- Cases rise in Europe.
- Cases rise in the U.S. during the summer, reaching a peak in August and then declining to a low point in September - October.
- Cases begin to rise after Halloween, reaching a peak in January after the winter holidays when people are traveling and visiting indoors.
The flu, which usually kills about 20,000 - 50,000 people per year, has been quiescent for the past two years since people were following precautions to prevent catching Covid, which is more contagious (and more deadly) than flu. But many people are no longer using anti-contagion precautions.
Another wave of COVID-19 infections may have begun in Europe as cases begin to tick up across the region, the World Health Organization and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said on 10/12/2022 (yesterday).
It’s likely that the U.S. will follow the pattern of the past two years and begin a new Covid spike in a few weeks.
DH and I are going for our “over 65” flu and Covid shots this afternoon. Immunity takes a couple of weeks to develop and lasts about 4 months which should carry us through February 2023.