MICHIGAN – Though the full force of Michigan’s winter hasn’t ramped up yet, flu season has descended upon the Mitten state, and it’s hitting harder than almost anywhere else, according to a new report by thermometer company Kinsa.
The report estimates that Michigan is the second sickest state in the nation, with nearly 7% of the population experiencing flu-like symptoms. On a national level the flu rate is at about 5%, this is compared to 2.67% at this time last year.
The sickest state in the country according to the study is Georgia, with 7.78% of the population ill, experiencing symptoms like fever, cough and body aches. Michigan follows in second, and South Carolina is in third place with 6.65%.
Kinsa’s data is nearly perfectly aligned with the CDC’s influenza data over the past four years.
With the flu on the rise, it is important to remember hygiene basics, like thorough handwashing, santizing doorknobs, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Consult with your Doctor to see if they recommend you get a flu shot, this is especially important for those who are around young children or the elderly.