This year's flu season is shaping up to be record-breaking in duration, despite a sharp decrease in the number of flu-related deaths from last year. A surprise second wave has drawn this year's season out to 21 weeks and counting, making it the longest in a decade and one of the longest seasons since the government started tracking seasons 20 years ago. An estimated 35,000-50,000 Americans have died from issues related to the disease in 2018-19, compared to 80,000 in 2017-18. Last year's season lasted 19 weeks and was the deadliest in 40 years. Although an unpredictable virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year's flu season should be nearing its end.

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