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Seasonal influenza activity in young children before the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China
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  • Zhi Xia,
  • Lin Yang,
  • Na Li,
  • Bo Nie,
  • Hong Wang,
  • Hui Xu,
  • Daihai He
Zhi Xia
Tongji Hospital of Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology
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Lin Yang
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Na Li
Tongji Hospital of Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology
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Bo Nie
Tongji Hospital of Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology
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Hong Wang
Tongji Hospital of Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology
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Hui Xu
Tongji Hospital of Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology
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Abstract

The activity of influenza A at the end of 2019 was higher than previous two years in children younger than 6 years old in Wuhan, China. The 2019-20 seasonal influenza winter outbreak preceded the COVID-19 outbreak, with a higher and earlier peak than that of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. We speculate this could be due to the earlier CNY holiday season in 2019-20 than in previous two years. We compared these results with those of two previous studies to further discuss the possible interference between influenza and COVID-19 in young children.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

29 Jul 2020Submitted to Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
29 Jul 2020Submission Checks Completed
29 Jul 2020Assigned to Editor
02 Aug 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
02 Aug 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Major
02 Aug 20201st Revision Received
03 Aug 2020Submission Checks Completed
03 Aug 2020Assigned to Editor
08 Aug 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
09 Aug 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
09 Aug 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
09 Aug 20202nd Revision Received
09 Aug 2020Submission Checks Completed
09 Aug 2020Assigned to Editor
11 Aug 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
11 Aug 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
13 Aug 2020Editorial Decision: Accept