Flu season is upon us and with it comes many questions, worries, and fears amidst the Corona Virus ongoing pandemic. What we once looked at as ordinary happening that comes with the cold weather and changing climate now seems like it could be a huge threat and rightfully so. There are so many unknowns this year so being cautious is necessary. Despite the many variables however, there are a few things that we do know for sure regarding flu season.
Yes, you can get the flu and Covid-19 at the same time and although we don’t know much about what that might look like, we can imagine that it won’t be a pretty picture if you get both infections.
There are many similarities between the symptoms of the flu and Covid-19 so be prepared for some confusion. They both may result in a fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle pain or body aches, and headache. So the only way to really know what kind of infection you have is through testing. There is one key symptom that differs however and that is loss of your sense of smell or taste. That is a sign that you may have Covid-19 but you must get tested to be sure.
Flu shots may be more important than ever this year for several key reasons. Getting the flu shot will not only decrease your chances of getting sick with the flu and decrease the severity of those symptoms, it also decreases your chances of getting pneumonia, which is a particularly important point since you can get sick with Covid-19 at the same time. Furthermore less flu cases in hospitals means less strain on the healthcare system which is a top priority at this time.
But there’s also good news. All the new protocols and measures requiring better hand hygiene, social distancing, and wearing face masks will help reduce the spread of the flu. Since both Covid-19 and the flu are respiratory diseases they are spread in the same way and so our fight against Covid is also a fight against the flu.
Strengthening your immunity is the most important thing you can do. Getting sick even with a mild flu makes you vulnerable and puts you at risk at a very difficult time.