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“This flu season is predicted to be quite heavy hitting to be quite frank,” said Meghan Buechel, an Infection Preventionist with Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. “We know last year was a very mild year in terms of a flu season and because of that we know many people in the community do not have immunity to the types of flu that we will likely see.”

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. The U.S. population a century ago was just one-third of what it is today, meaning the flu cut a much bigger swath through the country. But the COVID-19 crisis is by any measure a colossal tragedy in