Flu season is right here once more, and people virus infections will overlap with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, creating the opportunity of a “” of two distinct, harmful sicknesses that trigger (amongst different issues) respiratory misery, hospitalizations and loss of life for tens of millions of individuals. Nationwide lockdowns that stored folks distanced, blended with the annual flu shot, largely helped dodge the double blast of infections final yr. However this yr, issues are totally different. Many different viruses, like RSV and rhinovirus, are coming again. And the flu doubtless will observe swimsuit.
Whereas the US noticed a steep rise in coronavirus infections within the winter, the unfold of influenza was uncommonly mild. Nonetheless, this yr may return to the everyday sample, wherein tens of millions of individuals within the US catch the influenza virus, based on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, and tens of hundreds die from flu-related causes. With COVID-19 vaccines andnow approved — even — intermingling is anticipated.