“Everyone was wearing a mask, people were working from home and kids were not in school, so no one was out in the community to spread flu and it essentially disappeared,” UNM School of Medicine’s Walter Dehority, M.D., said.
According to the New Mexico Department of Health, there were 3 adult flu deaths and no pediatric deaths during the 2020-21 season. In comparison, there were 62 adult deaths and 5 pediatric deaths during the 2019-20 season.
While health officials said the flu was virtually non-existant last season, they are worried about a rise in numbers this season which could cause a strain on the hospital system.
“Every year in the winter, prior to COVID-19, our hospital was almost bursting at the seams where we would have children, for