[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.4.2″ custom_padding=”0px|||||”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.4.2″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.4.2″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.5.1″ text_font=”ABeeZee||||||||” text_font_size=”23px” text_line_height=”1.8em”]Flu season is here. The flu is a respiratory illness caused by the Influenza virus. While the chances of contracting the flu can be minimized through annual flu vaccines, severe cases of the flu can trigger fatal consequences for high risk populations (children, older adults, etc.)
COVID-19, as we all know now, is a respiratory illness too. Like the flu, COVID is highly contagious, having the potential to trigger super-spreader events with no known/approved vaccines.
Scientists, physicians and public health officials across the globe are concerned about the potential for a severe 2020 flu season which will heighten the already devastating COVID-19 Pandemic- causing the Twindemic. One concern is that the flu severely weakens the immune system, making the likelihood of contracting other illnesses high. There’s also a healthy amount of fear that individuals who’ve unknowingly contracted COVID will treat their symptoms as the flu, delaying appropriate and potentially life saving medical treatment.
As a result, officials from across the world are sounding the alarm for the possibility of a “Twindemic” and have begun promoting and encouraging individuals to get flu shots this year while adhering to COVID-19 guidance. Remember, hand hygiene is CRITICAL in the fight for health!