Can You Get the Flu AND Covid-19

The flu, or influenza, is a sickness that is common in the fall and winter. As we approach the end of 2020, a difficult time for all, the amount of cases of the flu will rise. The influenza virus attacks the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu spreads very easily as talking with others who have it is a common way of passing it on. 

Although the flu and Covid-19 may have similar symptoms such as coughing, getting the flu vaccine WILL NOT mean that you won’t get Covid-19 since the immune system reacts differently with both. This aside, it is still to everyone’s benefit to take the flu vaccine. 

In the beginning of the pandemic, people thought that the sickness wasn’t harmful and that it was similar to the common cold. But when over 200 thousand deaths have occured because of covid-19, it is hard to say that anymore. Because of this, it is very important that people are either very careful around others. Now people might be thinking that if they already have one of the two, they won’t develop the other. This is most likely false, as experts have found that actually having one of the two may increase your chance of developing the other. The reason for this is because the covid-19 disease attacks the respiratory system as well as influenza. Dr. Michael Roizen, emeritus chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic stated “We don’t know how the two interact, but presumably if you get both at the same time, it would make it tougher to survive them… There would be a higher mortality rate than either of them alone,”.

As we come nearer to the flu season, with covid-19 cases rising each and every day, it should be clear to everyone that taking proper safety measures is a benefit and a must.

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