SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Precautions taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus –wearing masks, maintaining distance, and practicing good hygiene– have added benefits. One Albany doctor says this is one of New York’s calmest flu seasons he’s seen in years.
“In my practice, we’re seeing very little illness, very little snot noses, and schmutz coming out of noses and coughing because people are behaving. So this is good! This is very, very good!” Dr. James Saperstone, a pediatrician at Community Care Physicians, said.
Although New York is still far from peak season, the data shows cases are down by thousands. 2019 saw a high of more than 5,000 flu cases in one week but 2020 had a low of 304.