Seasonal influenza activity in young children before the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China

Zhi Xia, Lin Yang, Na Li, Bo Nie, Hong Wang, Hui Xu, Daihai He

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The activity of influenza A at the end of 2019 was higher than previous two years in children younger than 6 years old in Wuhan, China. The 2019–2020 winter peak of seasonal influenza preceded the COVID-19 outbreak, with a higher and earlier peak than those of the 2017–2018 and 2018–2019 seasons. We speculate this could be due to the earlier CNY holiday season in 2019–2020 than in previous two years. We compared these results with those of two previous studies to further discuss the possible interference between influenza and COVID-19 in young children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2277-2279
Number of pages3
JournalTransboundary and Emerging Diseases
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • children
  • COVID-19
  • influenza

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • veterinary(all)

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