Experts say the flu season which begins this fall is going to be a bad one, not so much in how widespread the disease will be, but in how we can medically cope with a double whammy of respiratory disease. With the healthcare system already overburdened by the coronavirus battle, experts worry influenza victims will be especially vulnerable.
“If hospitals are already full of coronavirus patients, where are the influenza patients going to go?” asks Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the American Medical Association and an allergist in Fort Worth. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the AMA will launch a massive campaign along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to encourage Americans to get their flu shot.
Since the symptoms of COVID-19 mimic the those of the flu, people will have to get two tests to determine the correct course of treatment. Experts worry, if people get both diseases at the same time, the complications might be worse, especially for the elderly and people with chronic underlying health issues.
William Schaffner, medical director for the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), worries that people who fear contracting COVID-19 might shy away from getting vaccinated.
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