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One of flu strains disappeared when Covid pandemic began, - survey

Source : 112 Ukraine

The lockdowns ended the epidemic season in 2019 and 2020; the B/Yamagata strain has not been detected since March 2020
20:34, 26 October 2021

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Australian scientists claimed the extinction of one of four flu strains, which have been regularly included in the annual inoculations from influenza. This happened when the Covid-19 pandemic began in early 2020, writes Medical Xpress.

The outlet cites a research by the scientists from the University of Melbourne. According to the study, not a single case of the B/Yamagata strain has not been detected since March 2020. it appears that the Covid lockdowns imposed during that time put an end to the epidemic season of flu in 2019 and 2020.

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The research marked that B/Yamagata has always been less contagious than other strains of flu. This particular strain does not build up as fast as the others do. Producers of the vaccines did not need to renew the component of B/Yamagata in the composition of the annual inoculation against flu since 2015.

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