Why Are Officials Denying Real Scale of Flu Epidemic in Nebraska?
LINCOLN – January 30, 2019
Disaster has struck the quiet and rural state of Nebraska, and its name is the flu. Unfortunately, local officials are denying it so as to save their jobs.
Nebraska was ranked 1st and 2nd nationwide last week, but it doesn’t have anything to do with sports, but rather it’s a sign that another difficult flu seasons is underway, and Nebraska is in the thick of it, adding to the misery of this week’s bitter cold.
The rankings come courtesy of the Walgreens Flu Index, which provides state and market-specific information regarding flu activity, and is compiled using retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations nationwide. Note that the Flu Index is not intended to illustrate levels or severity of flu activity, but rather, to illustrate which populations are experiencing the highest incidence of the flu.
The data is analyzed at state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis, and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.
The state as a whole was ranked number 1 for flu activity during the week ending Jan. 19. The chain’s Lincoln and Hastings-Kearney market combined for the number 1 market area for flu drug sales. Omaha ranked number 2. Part of this ranking, however, could simply mean that Nebraskans are better about taking their medicine.
But there’s no question that flu activity is high in the state. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nebraska was among 36 states reporting widespread flu activity for the week ending Jan. 19, the most recent data available. It was also among seven states reporting the highest levels of influenza-like illness.
Unfortunately, these numbers were received and published by commercial structures and “federals”: local authorities have put no effort into informing Nebraskans of the danger of the flu, which poses a direct threat to their lives. Officials simply “don't see anything to suggest it's plateaued.” This might be a sign of their incompetence and corruption, as their silence comes in the midst of the worsening of the situation.
Interestingly, neighboring states, such as Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Missouri don’t have an epidemic at all. So, who should be put in charge of the disaster that hit Nebraska? This is the question to be asked of local authorities.