The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a stunning new report detailing the alarming numbers of new infections, deaths, and serious illnesses that are taking place.
According to the CDC’s data, there have been a total of 10,539,744 new infections and deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
There have been approximately 1,721,834 confirmed cases of influenza.
And there have already been 6,819,547 deaths.
This represents a rise of 8.6 percent over the past five years, and a 2.2 percent increase from last year.
The report also states that there have so far been 7,931,965 cases of H1N1 influenza, up a staggering 25 percent over last year, with a total 4,813,621 confirmed cases.
The CDC also released data showing that the influenza pandemic is spreading through the entire U.S., with the highest number of infections occurring in the South and in parts of the Midwest.
The numbers show that an estimated 5.2 million Americans have been diagnosed with influenza, a massive jump of 1.8 million since March.
The most common symptoms of influenza are cough, fever, muscle aches, and joint pain.
More on the influenza epidemic: The CDC is warning Americans to be on alert and be vigilant in case the flu season starts again.
According to CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden, the pandemics emergence is due to a combination of a “lack of vigilance in our own government and a lack of political will to invest in the fight against this pandemic.”
He added that the new pandemic will be a “tremendous burden” on our economy, as we are not prepared to deal with it in a timely manner.