Flu cases were low in the 2020-2021 season. However, the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions may have led to a resurgence of cases.
Vaccines play a crucial role in controlling the disease. Wearing masks, washing hands, and socializing also play an important role. Coupled with the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, experts warn that we could be in for a struggle. Experts warn that a resurgence of the flu, associated with an increase in patients in the autumn, could lead to a “twindemic,” adding to the strain on our health system.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the cases of flooded sources were low in the 2020-2021 season. In fact, between September 28, 2020, and May 22, 2021, only 0.2 percent of 8,189,939 samples analyzed by U.S. laboratories tested positive for the virus.
CDC also reports that we are likely to see an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 as we prepare for fall. The influenza is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels later this year when many restrictions of Covid 19 such as masks and social isolation are lifted in many areas.
As of September 6, 47,728 new cases had been reported, with a 7-day moving average of 127,100 patients. By way of comparison, as of June 20 this year, 9014 new cases had been reported, with a 7-day average of 11,729 patients.
Safety measures that slow the spread of COVID-19
Although many of us wear masks and practice good hand hygiene and social detachment, this flu season has been milder than in recent years, says Karen L. Edwards, Ph.D. professor and chair of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, Irvine. These steps help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the spread of other respiratory diseases besides influenza, she explains. While it is popular on social media to point out that flu cases have fallen compared to last year because they are wrongly reported as COVID, experts say there are forces at play that are more sinister. Dr. S. Wesley Long, the researcher at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, agrees.
If relaxation measures such as mask masks and social dissociation measures were relaxed in many areas, we could see an increase in non-COVID-19 respiratory diseases such as the Common Cold and the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV ). There will likely be a global lockout, combined with masquerading and other social dissociation measures, to reduce international travel, Long says. This could lead to a lower flu season in the southern hemisphere, followed by a lighter flu season in the northern hemisphere.
In addition, we could see a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases, with the delta variant peaking in some parts of the country. I think that this fourth wave will have a longer tail, and the shape of the next wave will depend on vaccine rates, masking, and social distancing, as well as the potential for further development of the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” he added. He added that while there is likely to be an increase in flu cases, it is difficult to predict what will look like during the flu season. Like Edwards, he stressed the importance of vaccination, which is a control potential for flu during the Covid-19 twins.
Vaccinations will play a key role in controlling infections.
They are caused by different viruses, and each requires additional vaccinations. People should be vaccinated against both influenza and COVID-19 if they can, Edwards said. He added that he believes vaccinations are crucial to preventing twin births this fall.
Steps we can take to prevent a twindemic
He said it is difficult to predict what will happen because it depends on the rate of flu vaccination and the underlying behavior of the flu season. “I think it’s safe to say we’re going to have more flu cases this year than in 2020,” he said. He believes that a twin infection can be prevented if everyone does their part, including vaccination.
In addition to vaccination, Edwards says it is essential to continue the protective measures we took against COVID-19 last year. Masks, hand-washing, and social isolation can do much to prevent the spread of the flu and coronavirus. He added that it’s also essential to stay at home when you’re sick and get tested if you have symptoms. If you know you have the flu or COVID, it can help you avoid transmission to others.