"Many flu patients" but ... "4.8 times more" than epidemic standard = Korea
With summer approaching, the influenza epidemic in South Korea is rather protracted.

According to a survey by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the 20th, 23.4 out of 1,000 outpatients were suspected of having influenza during the 19th week (May 7th-13th) of this year.

Although this is a slight decrease from the 23.7 cases recorded in the 18th week, the previous week, this figure is still 4.8 times higher than the standard for this season's epidemic (4.9 cases).

Influenza patients usually show a tendency to decrease in the spring, but the epidemic is protracted this year. The figure for Week 19 is up 26.5% from 18.5 in Week 15, four weeks ago.

The number of patients suspected of having seasonal influenza this time peaked at 60.7 in the final week of last year (December 25th-31st), and then showed a downward trend in the eighth week of this year (February 19th). After falling to 11.6 on February 25th), it has increased again.

The continued epidemic of influenza seems to be influenced by the large temperature difference and the increase in the amount of activity in the spring. In addition, the fact that most of the COVID-19 viral infection prevention measures have been lifted, such as the removal of the obligation to wear indoor masks in many places except for some facilities, has been cited as a cause of the protracted epidemic.
2023/05/27 11:55 KST