It may have crossed your mind already: What can autumn look like when the flu season hits, and we’re still dealing with COVID-19?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has addressed some of the most important issues you have regarding the subject, but first it is important to know the difference between the flu and COVID-19.
Although healthcare professionals have learned a lot about COVID-19, there is still a lot that remains unknown.
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This leads us directly to our first question:
1. What are some clear differences between seasonal flu and COVID-19?
The CDC says it will be difficult to differentiate between the two just by symptoms, so testing will be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.
That being said, a symptom of COVID-19 that differs from the flu is the change in or loss of taste or smell.
Below are some other important differences.
There are many similarities in complications of influenza and COVID-19 that are worth noting, for example:
- breathing problems
- Heart Damage
- Inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues
- Fault with several organs
- Exacerbation of chronic medical conditions
- Secondary bacterial infections.
COVID-19 may be different from the flu in that patients may also experience blood clots in the lungs, heart, legs or brain in the blood vessels and arteries, as well as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, according to the CDC.
2. Will both viruses be present, simultaneously, in autumn and winter?
It is not possible to say for sure, but experts with the CDC said they believe it is likely that they will both spread. Because of this, experts say, getting a flu vaccine will be more important than ever.
Can I have COVID-19 and the flu at the same time?
The CDC says it is indeed possible to have both at the same time, but experts are still studying how common it can be.
4. Is COVID-19 more dangerous than the flu?
Although it is really too early to draw any conclusions from today’s data, the CDC says that COVID-19 seems to be more deadly than seasonal flu. Experts say this can change as more people learn about the number of people infected who have mild illnesses.
5. Is it possible that a flu vaccine can protect me against COVID-19?
While the CDC is determined to get a flu vaccine coming not protect against COVID-19, it still encourages all 6 months and older to get one year.
“Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important than ever, not only to reduce the risk of flu but also to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources,” the website said.
A CDC guide was created to assist immunization providers with the safe administration of vaccines during the pandemic, and it will be continuously reviewed and updated based on the ever-changing epidemiology of COVID-19 in the United States.
One remark that the CDC makes is important to point out is that a flu vaccine should not be given to anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 – regardless of whether they have symptoms – until that person has met the criteria for discontinuing their isolation.