The High Cost of the Flu
The flu season is underway and it comes at a high cost - to the health and well-being of each person who gets it and to employers in the communities hardest hit by the illness. Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and sometimes leads to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year and wash your hands so that you help prevent the spread of the disease. Check out our previous post about hand washing.
Here's a look at the 2019-2020 Flu Season so far:
Flu By the Numbers...
The CDC estimates that there have been between 1.7 million and 2.5 million flu cases through November 30, 2019.
Between 800,000 to 1.2 million people have visited medical providers because of flu-like symptoms.
So far, between 16,000 to 29,000 people have been hospitalized in the U.S. because of the flu.
The CDC reports that between 910 to 2,400 recent deaths have been as a result of the flu or may have been a contributing factor. As of December 5, 2019, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human services confirms that five people have died from the flu in our state.
Each year, the flu has a huge impact on employers because their employees miss approximately 17 million workdays, resulting in $7 billion in sick days!
Missing work because of the flu can be devastating to workers because they often lose wages, so they may opt for working through the illness. This is a dangerous practice because it compromises the health and well-being of others, but it is also disruptive and causes a financial burden for employers. The best way to prevent the flu from spreading is to stay away from others when you are sick, cover your mouth when you cough, and wash your hands! And continue to connect with BMI Wellness Concepts, so you can can Get Well, Be Well, Stay Well this flu season and everyday.