According to the first data, the two infections together would increase the chances of death compared to those who have contracted only the coronavirus. The solution to vaccinate
Taking the flu together with Covid doubles the risk of death, compared to those who only have Covid. This was argued by the head of the UK Health Security Agency, Jenny Harries. Which, in an interview with Sky, reported by Guardian
, explains: We should be worried about the flu every winter. I think people still don’t realize that it can be a deadly disease. The important thing this winter that we will probably see the flu, for the first time in real numbers, circulate together with Covid. So there is the risk of taking both at the same time. And if that happens, early data suggests that you are twice as likely to die as someone with coronavirus alone. In the last season the cases of influenza were very reduced (also thanks to the personal protection measures from Covid) and at that time it was not widespread the Delta variant. But the point that last year we were all closed in the house, or almost. And this of course, together with the extended use of masks, has kept the threshold of seasonal influences low.
Two vaccines together
This time it won’t be like that. The resumption of activities, travel on means of transport, the lesser use of smart working, will increase the phenomenon. This year, Jenny Harries predicts, they will be there four strains of virus in the flu vaccine. The fear that more than one dominant stock may circulate. So, adds the head of the Health Security Agency, the best tool to react will be to have the flu vaccine and the Covid vaccine at the same time, as we are preparing to do also in Italy. The British health system plans to immunize against the flu 35 million people, a record figure never reached before. Free flu vaccines are available to 30 million frontline health and social workers, people aged 50 and over, children up to 11, pregnant women and those at risk of complications.
October 12, 2021 (change October 12, 2021 | 10:32 am)
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