TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – Health authorities in the Texarkana area say the number of flu cases is low compared to this time last year.
Last year, the percentage of hospital visits for the flu was about 14 percent. This year, it’s just below two percent.
“I think more people are getting the flu vaccine because the COVID pandemic is here,” said Texarkana Emergency Center physician and owner, Dr. Erik Jacobsen.
The flu virus is not as contagious as the more contagious coronavirus, and Jacobsen believes the COVID-19 guidelines have also contributed to the small number of flu cases in this area.
“Flu has hit Texarkana. It’s not as prevalent as it was last year. Mostly because we’re all wearing masks.”
The lower rate of flu cases is also good news for hospitals already strained with coronavirus patients. Jacobsen says it is more important than ever to try and stay healthy right now because hospital space is limited due to COVID-19.