- There may not yet be a vaccine against the coronavirus, but this year it is extremely important to get the flu. Influenza season will intersect with the COVID-19 pandemic, which will worsen.
- During a press conference, the World Health Organization made it clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is “one big wave” and not a seasonal disease like the flu.
- Without the first content of COVID-19, countries may face challenges in fighting both the new coronavirus and the flu.
- The WHO advises people to look for flu vaccines when the flu season comes during the winter in the southern hemisphere.
The new coronavirus pandemic is largely out of control as the world experiences a massive surge in cases. Some regions have successfully smoothed out the curve, while others are now experiencing surges that are even worse than the April peaks. Some refer to the revival as the “second peak”; of the first wave of COVID-19, while others refer to it as the “second wave”. But whatever you call it, it is clear that the virus does not bother the season.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has just announced the world’s worst possible news about COVID-19 before the start of the flu season. A pandemic is one big wave, it’s not a season. And this could be a big problem in the coming months as flu cases start to accumulate over COVID-19.
WHO officials have avoided marking the resurgence of COVID-19 in places such as Hong Kong and other countries where the number of cases has increased as a “wave”. Causing these outbreaks of “waves” suggests that the virus is not under human control, Reuters notes, but human action can slow the spread.
“We are on the first wave. It will be one big wave. It will go up and down a bit. The best thing is to smooth it out and turn it into something that slaps you in the foot, ”said WHO’s Margaret Harris during a virtual briefing in Geneva.
“People are still thinking about the seasons,” she said, pointing to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States over the summer. “All we need to turn our heads is a new virus, and … it’s behaving differently.”
“Summer is a problem. This virus loves all weather, “said Harris. In the first months of the pandemic, President Trump made it clear that the virus would go away when the weather was warm, but that didn’t happen. At that time, we already had evidence that the virus could survive in a warmer climate when it reached the southern hemisphere. Further research has shown that SARS-CoV-2 is not liked by influenza viruses when it comes to heat.
The flu comes in waves because it is a seasonal infectious disease. Harris expressed concern that COVID-19 coincided with the normal flu season during the winter of the southern hemisphere. The flu season is about to begin, and we’ll get a preview of what it will look like in the northern hemisphere at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To date, laboratory samples have not shown a large number of cases of influenza, which indicates a later than usual time, the flu season for the southern hemisphere.
“If you have more frequent respiratory illness, when you already have a very high burden of respiratory disease, it puts even more pressure on the health care system,” Harris said, urging people to look for flu vaccines. The coronavirus vaccine may be ready by mid-autumn, although the general public may not receive it until a few months before 2021.