Health officials say the flu and COVID-19 could make a comeback in the United States, creating what is known as twindemia.
This has already been seen in the Southern Hemisphere, indicating what to expect in the fall / winter months.
Doctors say flu cases have declined in the past two years, thanks to COVID precautions. But now that the world is out of the pandemic, people are following these precautions less, giving both COVID and the flu an excellent opportunity to spread.
But can you get both at the same time? Dr. Jeffrey Jahre of St. Luke’s University Health Network says yes.
“We’ve seen this in the past, and since both can affect people in terms of respiration, it’s a pile of two very bad events,” said Jahre.
Jahre now says hospitalization rates in St. Luke’s COVIDs range from 30 to 50 patients across the network, with most of them unvaccinated.
Jahre says young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk and should be vaccinated against both viruses, as flu can be fatal in some cases.
“It can be avoided, and prevention is always better than cure. This includes COVID and the flu, ”said Jahre.
Jahre says the best defense outside of the COVID and flu vaccine is washing your hands, eating right, and getting a good night’s sleep.
And if you are sick, stay home.