Nope. It’s not an uptick in the number of multiple births. It’s a concerning viral collaboration that could be coming to an immune system near you.
Health experts are sounding the bell that Covid-19 and the flu could be making the rounds as a duet act this cold and flu season.
Because of social distancing measures and mask mandates over the last 18 months, healthcare providers saw a drop in colds and flu. But as restrictions are beginning to ease up in the fight against Covid-19, those numbers could take a turn as we head into the winter months. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky warns “Because of so little disease last year, population immunity is likely lower, putting us all at risk of increased disease this year.” And with hospitals still feeling the impact of being overrun this summer with rising Covid-19 cases, there is concern that adding a severe flu season to the mix could overwhelm medical care systems.
Experts also warn that we could be due for a harsh flu system, simply because bad flu seasons seem to come in cycles. Dr. Michelle Barron, senior medical director of infection prevention and control for UCHealth, says, “The truth is, we’re due for a flu pandemic. We have flu pandemics, on average, about every 10 years, so we are overdue.” That, in combination with our immune systems having not been as exposed last year, could lead to a higher level of cases, like has been seen with RSV cases amongst young children over that past few months.
It’s hard for the impact of flu seasons to be accurately predicted ahead of time. Sometimes a flu season will be milder than anticipated, and sometimes it can roar in with a vengeance. That’s why healthcare providers are reminding people now to keep their flu shots updated and to continue to practice good hygiene, with frequent handwashing and covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. As always, if you and your loved ones show any symptoms, stay home and out of situations where you could spread contagens to others. If you’re a Member of Altrua HealthShare, the Membership will share in your flu shot for the year. It’s an important part of keeping you and your family safe and healthy in the upcoming flu season, whether it turns out to be a twindemic or not.
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