Health officials say the flu and Covid-19 may be making a comeback in the U.S., which could create something called a concussion.
It has already been seen in the southern hemisphere, which is an indication of what awaits us in autumn and winter.
Doctors say flu cases have reduced over the past two years due to Covid precautions. But now that the world has emerged from the pandemic, people are heeding those precautions, giving the perfect opportunity for COVID and influenza to spread.
But can you achieve both at the same time? Dr. Jeffrey Jahre with St. Luke’s University Health Network says yes.
“In the past, we’ve seen it piled up on two adverse events, both of which can affect people’s respiratory systems,” Jahre said.
According to Jahre, currently, St. Luke’s hospitalization rate for Covid is 30 to 50 patients network wide, most of whom are unvaccinated.
Jahre said young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are at high risk and should be vaccinated against both viruses, as the flu can be fatal in some cases.
“It’s avoidable and prevention is always better than cure. That goes for Covid and it goes for influenza,” Jahre said.
Jahre says the best defense against Covid and the flu, beyond vaccination, is to wash your hands, eat right and sleep well.
And stay home if you’re sick.