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Will there be a "twindemic" this flu season?

Asked by Strauss (21031points) 3 weeks ago

Various news outlets (NBC, New York Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, for starters) have been reporting the possibility of a serious outbreak of seasonal flu in the midst of the current COVID pandemic, coming up with the mashup word “twindemic”.

Is this fear mongering, or is there a real danger?

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Call_Me_Jay's avatar

On one hand, there’s always a flu season.

On the other hand, a lot of people have adopted a germophobic lifestyle.

But if that were thorough enough, we wouldn’t have 5-digit numbers of new Covid cases in the US every day.

janbb's avatar

Make sure to get a flu shot. That will help.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

The tests will be for Flu and COVID-19 in that order.

JLeslie's avatar

Every reason to believe we will have a very low caseload of flu.

Combined with cases of covid though it will all add up and create some strain on the health system.

stanleybmanly's avatar

“hope for the best, expect the worst”

Strauss's avatar

I’ll admit I posted the q as a knee-jerk after seeing the headlines. It seems that the social distancing and masking due to the COVID pandemic will have a suppressive effect on the other seasonal flus.

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LogicHead's avatar

Logic would suggest the opposite !!! For those who succumb to Covid are people who won’t succumb to normal flu. I expect flu deaths to be much less. This is just logic and logic doesn’t cover all the data.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That is not logical @LogicHead. They’re two separate viruses. Covid 19 won’t make flu antibodies and vice versa. If they did getting a flu shot would protect you from C19. It doesn’t.

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