“You can definitely get both the flu and Kovid-19 at the same time, which can be catastrophic for your immune system,” said Dr. Adrian Burrows, a family medicine doctor in Florida.
In fact, being infected with one can make you more vulnerable to getting sick with the other, epidemiologist Dr. Seema Yasmin said.
“Once you become infected with the flu and some other respiratory viruses, it weakens your body,” said Yasmin, director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative.
“Your defense falls short, and it makes you vulnerable to getting a second infection on top.”
Having both diseases simultaneously would “increase the risk of long-term effects of any of those organ systems,” said Dr. Professor of Medicine and a critical care specialist at the University of California at San Francisco. Michael Mathay said.
But it is too early to know how much double whammy can be worse than having every virus.
That’s because Kovid-19 didn’t spread to the US until the end of the last flu season, Mathey said. So there is not much data yet on people who get both diseases at the same time.
But the forehead suspects that pneumonia will be more likely to occur if the body is infected with both the flu and coronovirus.
“Both (viruses) together can definitely be more harmful to the lungs and cause more respiratory failure,” he said.
Respiratory failure does not necessarily make your lungs stop working. This means that the lungs cannot get enough oxygen in the blood.
How can I tell if I have Kovid-19 or Flu (or both)?
“The symptoms of influenza and covid-19 are quite similar, so it is difficult to distinguish the two,” said Dr. Leonard Mermel, medical director of the Department of Epidemiology and Infection Control at Rhode Island Hospital.
“Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, although it is more common in children than in adults,” the CDC said.
So the best way to know if you have a novel coronavirus or flu (or both) is to test.
How can I avoid this flu Kovid-19 double whammy?
With the impending flu season, such precautions can “double protect against both of those viruses,” Yasmin said.
But in America, some people are getting loose about wearing masks and social disturbances. And this is a major problem, the director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Drs. Jean Marzezzo said.
She said that “quick Kovid-19 could be a perfect storm of activity, as people gather more – especially – inside, as they become increasingly fatigued, wearing a mask, with social distinctions and hand hygiene.” , And as they are exposed to seasonal influenza. “
And since no Kovid-19 vaccine is publicly available yet, a flu shot is the only way you can help to vaccinate yourself against having both viruses at the same time.
American Medical Association President Immunologist Drs. Susan Bailey said that getting a flu shot can help more people than just her.
“Since hospitals and doctors’ offices are very busy caring for Kovid-19 patients, a flu vaccine can help reduce the burden on the health care system and ensure that those who need medical care receive it. Are able to do, ”Bailey said. .
“Every year, many patients get severe influenza with respiratory failure,” Mathey said. In patients who suffer from severe pneumonia from the flu, “the majority of those patients have not received their flu vaccine that year.”
CNN’s Amanda Watts, Jane Rose Smith, John Bonifield, Jacqueline Howard and Elizabeth Cohen contributed to this report.