The return of the flu mixed with covid, a worrying “twindemia”

The return of the flu mixed with covid, a worrying “twindemia”

If the flu had nearly disappeared from the radar because of barrier gestures, it may come again in power this winter, as was the case in Australia. Unimaginable to foretell, however clever to stop the dangers for essentially the most weak, who’re invited to be vaccinated from mid-October.

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L’autumn marks the return of seasonal viruses, akin to influenza (liable for the flu), but additionally of the coronavirus which, because of the falling temperatures, spreads extra while you keep indoors. On the opposite facet of the globe, Australia can be popping out of winter and a mixed epidemic of covid and influenza, the worst in 5 years… “Influenza exercise within the southern hemisphere might point out this what to anticipate within the northern hemisphere. Nevertheless, the info from Australia will not be very reassuring”, explains virologist Marc Van Ranst (KULeuven). For the primary time because the begin of the coronavirus pandemic, “the flu is just not solely again, however the flu season in Australia has been significantly virulent and the variety of coronavirus instances has skyrocketed”.

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