The last time there were fewer than a million Americans missing work because of an illness was November 2019. From 2017 through 2019, the monthly average was 55 percent higher — nearly 1.5 million people missing work each month. The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic meant a constant flu season — and a bad one. The 2020-2021 flu season saw almost no flu cases. Fewer people are dying of covid-19, happily, but that doesn’t mean it’s not having a significant ongoing effect.
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