Siddhartha Singh, MD, MS, MBA; Nathan A. Ledeboer, PhD; Purushottam W. Laud, PhD; Ryan Hanson, MS; Jonathon D. Truwit, MD, MBA
Background: The SARS-CoV-2 outbreak prompted public health interventions and changes in public behavior that may have affected the 2019-2020 influenza season.
Methods: Using data from a laboratory in southeastern Wisconsin, we compared the number of weekly influenza tests and their positivity rates during the 2019-2020 influenza season with the previous 4 seasons.
Results: The number of influenza tests per week at the outset of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak was higher than the average the previous 4 years, and positivity rates declined to 0% earlier than any of the previous 4 seasons.
Conclusion: The testing trajectory and positivity rate for influenza differed during the part of the 2019-2020 season coinciding with the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak as compared to similar periods during the previous 4 seasons.