Influenza-like-illnesses (ILIs) are highly transmissible, with influenza alone impacting as much as 20% of the population during winter months.1 The size and severity of an ILI season varies significantly year-over-year due to changes in weather, circulating pathogens, and social habits, making it difficult to anticipate and prepare for an upcoming season.
“The [2022-23] season has been unprecedented and unpredictable... 90% of U.S. states reported an earlier-than-usual start to the flu season” - BlueDot & Lysol press release
The ever-changing nature of ILIs paired with high transmissibility causes significant healthcare, business, and societal disruption.
- 16% higher average worker absenteeism due to illness or medical need during peak ILI season in the USA2
- 2.4M influenza hospitalizations estimated in the USA between 2010-20203
- 41% of ICUs experience “significant stress” during national peak flu activity in the USA4
- Widespread out-of-stocks for cold and flu-related medication in 2023 due to higher-than-average ILI season5
In addition to seasonal ILIs, the risk of new highly-disruptive ILIs emerging increases every year due to factors such as urbanization, deforestation, and globalization. In 2021 BlueDot calculated a 275% year-over-year increase in animal spillover influenza events – the same type of event which caused the COVID-19 pandemic.6 This underscores a critical need for the continuous vigilance of disease surveillance and pandemic preparedness.
1 World Health Organization, 2 US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4 Critical Care Explorations,5 CBC Canada, 6 BlueDot Data
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