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COVID-19 Precautions Help Slow Influenza Spread

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said COVID-19 preventative practices have led to a dramatic drop in the spread of flu in North Carolina. According to a news release, similar trends are being seen nationally and globally.  Compared to last year, the state has seen very low levels of influenza and other respiratory illness this year.  Only four deaths from flu have been reported so far this season, compared to 186 deaths last season and more than 200 deaths during the 2018-19 season. State health officials said wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, and frequent hand washing have helped slow the spread of influenza.

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.