Still causing above-average numbers of cases and deaths, the flu looked a little less severe last week than it did two weeks ago, according to the latest weekly update from San Diego’s public health department. Another 18 deaths and 721 confirmed cases were announced Wednesday, bringing the season total to 16,827 cases and 269 deaths, both numbers that far outstrip prior three-year season averages, continuing to make the case that this is the most severe influenza season since 2009.
According to a new report just released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu vaccine this year has been 36 percent effective against all types of influenza virus in circulation this season. That’s about four percentage points worse than it was last season, according to the CDC’s most recent estimates, but things get worse when looking at H3N2, the influenza flavor that has caused nearly nine in 10 infections from Oct. 1, 2017, through Feb. 3.
San Diego’s weekly flu update has been released by the county Health and Human Services Agency. Though the numbers are not nearly as big as they were in late December and early January, the flu is showing a secondary surge in San Diego County, according to the latest report from the county health department. The new set of numbers shows that 941 cases were confirmed last week, and, unlike earlier this year, the B strain of the influenza virus continues to make up about half of the case volume.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".