Experts warn of possible "twindemic" of COVID-19 and flu this winter


Last year, health experts feared the possibility of a twin pandemic of COVID-19 and the flu. But research by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that pandemic precautions, like wearing masks and social distancing helped stop the spread of flu and other common respiratory viruses last season.

A year forward, the Flu season is upon us, and the new variants of COVID are still a threat to society. Lifted mask requirements, along with the increased number of indoor events coming back, suggest that the flu could make a comeback, while another surge of COVID-19 remains possible.

Though the severity of COVID-19 is known to many, the public needs to remember how dangerous the flu can be. Millions of children get sick with the flu every year, and tens of thousands get hospitalized with respiratory syncytial virus or RSV.

Since both diseases are respiratory illnesses that spread from person to person, aside from the vaccines, the prevention mechanisms against both viruses are the same. Frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizer, wearing a face-covering indoors and in crowded spaces, social distancing, and staying home when sick are all necessary precaution measures, but they are not sufficient.

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