The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says many regions in the country need to bring down the number of coronavirus cases in order to stop the pandemic from coinciding with the country’s flu season.
Director Robert Redfield said the rate of positive test results as a proportion of the total number of tests should be below 5% or even lower, according to Bloomberg
More than 30 states have reported test positivity rates of more than 5% over the past week.
There are concerns that if the pandemic and the winter flu season coincide, hospitals could be overstretched.
The CDC estimates that there were 410,000–740,000 flu hospitalisations and 24,000–64,000 deaths during the 2019-2020 winter flu season.