This year’s flu season in the Southern Hemisphere was weirdly mild. A surprisingly small number of people in the Southern Hemisphere have gotten the flu this year, probably because the public health measures put in place to fight COVID-19 have also limited the spread of influenza. That makes public health experts hopeful that the U. S. and other northern countries might be spared the double whammy of COVID-19 and a bad flu season this winter. “We are sort of seeing very little influenza activity in the Southern Hemisphere, but that doesn’t allow me to predict that that will be the case for the Northern Hemisphere.” says Kanta Subbarao, director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza. See the full article by NPR here.