Covid-19 is not the only pandemic; influenza (“Flu") cases are also rising exponentially. Medical providers are worried about what this winter may bring, mainly since the flu and Covid are predominantly respiratory infections with similar symptoms.
The World Faces A Potential TWINDEMIC With Influenza And Covid
Covid-19 cases are gradually increasing again locally and worldwide. This is most likely the result of lax social distance and masking measures after a month-long decline in Delta coronavirus cases. Another point to consider is the emergence of Omicron, a mutant variant of the Covid-19 coronavirus first reported in South Africa and presently under research by the World Health Organization. Indeed, public health officials and politicians are eager to learn if this new variant will require revised quarantine measures, new healthcare recommendations, and, most crucially, whether current vaccinations and therapies will be successful against it. In the following months, the world is expected to see another spike.
However, Covid-19 is not the only pandemic; influenza (“Flu") cases are also rising exponentially. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated earlier this month that flu activity is soaring in several states, raising concerns about an upcoming severe winter. According to the announcement, “although flu activity remains low on a national level, there has been an upsurge in the detection of influenza A(H3N2) viruses in recent weeks." Most of these have been detected in young people and children, who are often the primary carriers of influenza in communities. Additionally, the CDC has received anecdotal reports of flu epidemics among young people in various states, potentially attending schools and colleges."
Source - ABC
The flu virus is not to be taken lightly since it can inflict severe illness and even death. Medical providers are worried about what this winter may bring, mainly since the flu and Covid are predominantly respiratory infections with similar symptoms. Now, as countries throughout the globe gradually loosen quarantine and travel restrictions, and as people increasingly meet “in-person," medics are concerned about the possibility of a “twindemic." That is concomitant increases in influenza and Covid cases. This might result in an overburdened healthcare system experiencing severe shortages and labour restraints.
Fortunately, some precautions may be taken to help reduce the probability of transmitting and contracting the flu virus—and the majority of these actions overlap with those for preventing Covid-19. Indeed, these include regular hand washing, covering up during coughs and sneezes, and proper social disengagement. Face masks may also help reduce the transmission of Covid-19 by reducing respiratory droplets that carry the flu virus. Most importantly, obtaining vaccinated for both Covid and flu illness, if accessible, is one of the most efficient ways to avoid infection. Both the Covid and flu vaccines are helpful and practical. Indeed, prevention is the best form of therapy.
What this winter season will bring is to be seen. As 2020 shows so clearly, the world is unprepared for significant strains on the healthcare system. Individuals and communities must commit to doing all it takes to avert a terrible “twindemic" by vaccinations and improved understanding and education about how these viruses function.
Source – Forbes