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Flu infection rates continued dropping during the week ending Feb. 24 but influenza is still very active, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. And, the CDC reported another 17 pediatric deaths during that week, meaning 114 kids have died so far from the flu this season — already higher than the prior two years (110 last year and 93 the year before).

What you need to know: People are now reporting higher infections of influenza B viruses so it's possible there could be a second bump to the season, The Washington Post points out. CDC officials said earlier that it's possible to get the flu more than once in a season, and they still recommend people get a flu shot, which is estimated to be 42% effective against Influenza B for all ages.

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Joe Biden speaks Friday about "The Biden Plan to Beat COVID-19," at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

This is one of the bigger signs of trouble for President Trump that we've seen in a poll: Of the final debate's seven topics, Joe Biden won or tied on all seven when viewers in a massive Axios-SurveyMonkey sample were asked who they trusted more to handle the issue.

Why it matters: In a time of unprecedented colliding crises for the nation, the polling considered Biden to be vastly more competent.

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Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.

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