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Evaluation of Wearing Masks Would Reduce the Impact on Influenza and Pneumonia. – Learned Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Version 1 : Received: 28 April 2022 / Approved: 29 April 2022 / Online: 29 April 2022 (04:22:05 CEST)

How to cite: Mirza, H.; Mirza, M. Evaluation of Wearing Masks Would Reduce the Impact on Influenza and Pneumonia. – Learned Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic.. Preprints 2022, 2022040287 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202204.0287.v1). Mirza, H.; Mirza, M. Evaluation of Wearing Masks Would Reduce the Impact on Influenza and Pneumonia. – Learned Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic.. Preprints 2022, 2022040287 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202204.0287.v1).

Abstract

Abstract: Background: Our goal was to evaluate whether wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as an N95, or a surgical mask during the (COVID-19) pandemic had really reduced the cases of influenza in the state of Wisconsin. Methods: Respiratory Virus Surveillance Reports from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were used to compare the rates of Influenza during the seasons of 2018-2019 and 2020-2021. Results: The number of cases, hospitalizations, and mortality rates with Influenza had significantly decreased in the 2020-2021 season compared to the Influenza season of 2018-2019. Discussion: Reducing the burden of influenza illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths on the health care system is imperative. Wearing masks should be addressed for the most vulnerable.

Keywords

COVID-19; Influenza; Morbidity; Mortality; Flu; Pneumonia; Virus Infections; Preventive Medicine; Hospitalization; Internal Medicine; Respiratory illness.

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, General Medical Research

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Received: 1 May 2022
The commenter has declared there is no conflict of interests.
Comment: I would just like to compliment you both on this short paper, because it is great. I think you guys are up to something. At first, I didn't think this through, as I read the paper I learned a valuable lesson that I can also relate too. I also agree with your data, because you both are showing an excellent understanding. I would recommend you to get this paper published in a peer-review journal as soon as possible, and I agree that this needs to be further studied because I feel like that is the case here in New York as well. This may also be the case in several other states across the country. So nice, and great work to you both Dr. Mirza's, keep it up. I am looking forward to reading more.
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