The experts have issued a warning about the upcoming coronavirus and flu “twindemic” in the next months. The increasing coronavirus cases and the flu infection can overflow the hospitals. Meanwhile, the public health system might undergo a crisis due to the high number of patients in hospitals.
Dr. Adrian Burrowes, a Physician from Florida said that a person can get flu while having a coronavirus infection. However, it will be difficult to handle for the immune system. Dr. Seema Yasmin is an epidemiologist and the Stanford Health Communication Initiative director. She said that the probability of the other infection increases while having one of the two.
She also said that a respiratory virus causes weakness which makes the body susceptible to another infection. The immune system becomes less efficient which increases the chance of another respiratory infection.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu and the coronavirus target the lungs. Both are respiratory infections that can cause the failure of the system. Also, flu and Covid-19 can lead to pneumonia and other complications of the lungs.
Both of these infections can damage the heart and cause sepsis. Also, these infections cause inflammation in different tissues of the body such as the brain and heart.
Dr. Michael Matthay is a medicine professor. He is also a specialist in critical care, the University of California in San Francisco. He said that having coronavirus infection and flu at the same time can lead to long term damage to the organs. However, it is not easy to predict how frequently it can happen.
The coronavirus outbreak started in the US earlier this year. That was nearly the end of the flu season. Hence, experts can not predict the chances of a coronavirus and flu twindemic. However, if people get both infections at the time, the risk of pneumonia is higher.
Both of these viruses can damage the respiratory system to a greater extent. Simultaneous infection of both viruses can lead to serious lung injury and more inflammation in the body.
Coronavirus infection and flu have many similar symptoms. It can be very difficult to differentiate between the two respiratory infections. According to the CDC, both of these infections can cause cough, fatigue, fever, shortness of breath, and sore throat. These infections have most of the symptoms in common.
Even though both of these infections are almost the same, one striking difference is the loss of ability to smell and taste in coronavirus infection. However, many people are asymptomatic. This means that a person does not necessarily lose their sense to taste during coronavirus infection.
The CDC suggests getting yourself tested in the case of any symptoms. They have also developed a test for both of these infections at the same time. The experts suggest to keep wearing face masks and maintain social distancing to avoid the spread of both viruses.
The fall season is coming ahead which is usually the flu season. The experts suggest following the Covid-19 guidelines to avoid the coronavirus and flu twindemic crisis in the next couple of months.