People who get covid and flu at the same time in winter are twice as likely to die. The Moscow Komsomolets talks about the danger of a “tweendemia”, referring to the words of the former deputy chief doctor of England, Jenna Harris.
In 2021, influenza and coronavirus circulate simultaneously for the first time. A person is at risk of contracting both infections, which increases the risk of death. Harris warned that several new strains of flu could emerge before winter. She reminded that in the past five years, about 11 thousand people died from diseases, in one way or another related to the flu. “I think the important feature of this winter is that we will probably see the flu for the first time, in real quantities, at the same time as COVID,” said the expert.
Harris noted that during the pandemic, the number of flu cases dropped to a historically low level. This suggests that in the coming winter, humanity may experience “multi-strain flu”. “The real trick is to get vaccinated against both COVID and the flu, and continue to maintain the same hygiene practices we practiced during COVID,” she summed up.
Coronavirus infection can have dire consequences regardless of the season. However, in the fall, it is most dangerous to get sick from it, said the specialist.