Announcement: Please Get Your Flu Shots ASAP! Co-Infections Involving COVID-19 With Flu Or Cold Viruses Like RSV or Adenovirus Doubles The Risk Of Dying!
Its already clearly showing that the Influenza season has started not only in the Northern hemisphere but also in parts of the Southern hemisphere.
In America, the flu season started earlier than expected.
The flu season this year is being dominated by the H3N2 strain that has been previously associated with more severity.
Along with the influenza virus, numerous countries are reporting a surge in RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) infections and also adenoviruses infections especially involving the young with many ending up in the hospitals.
There is a common thought that has a result of many children getting infected with earlier strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, their robust innate system is damaged or made dysfunctional and as a result they are more vulnerable to the common flu and respiratory viruses. (It should be noted that many children were initially asymptomatic or only mildly symptomatic when they contracted some of the earlier SARS-CoV-2 strains including the early Omicron variants.)
Studies have already shown that co-infections involving COVID-19 and the flu virus or other respiratory viruses can double the risk of mortality.
Researchers have also discovered that individuals who had contracted both Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and influenza viruses were more than four times more likely to require ventilation support and 2.4 times more likely to die than if they just had COVID-19.
Professor Dr Kenneth Baillie of Edinburgh University told Thailand Med
, “We found that the combination of Covid-19 and flu viruses is particularly dangerous. We expect that the various new SARS-CoV-2 variants will circulate with flu, increasing the chance of co-infections this late fall and winter.”
With so many new SARS-CoV-2 variants and sub-lineages expected to descend on the masses in the coming weeks and months, many of which are highly immune evasive and also displaying increased pathogenicity, it is highly recommended that everyone gets the flu vaccines as soon as possible.
The flu vaccines are safe and have been tested and have been around for ages and there is no reason whatsoever for anyone to avoid taking the flu vaccines.
Parents are also advised to take more safety precautions with their children including wearing proper mask and also ensuring that their schools and classrooms are properly ventilated with proper air-filtering systems if not simply homeschool your kids as it is not worth risking their lives. The same goes for those who have aged relatives in nursing homes or in their own homes. Wherever possible, additional precautions have to be taken along with a proper regimen of eating well, sleeping well, exercising and taking the right nutraceuticals. Where ever possible avoid crowded settings and also self-isolate if you are in the vulnerable group ie the old, the young, the obese, the immunocompromised, the unvaccinated and those with existing comorbidities.
Do not bother by what the COVID-19 denialists or minimizers are saying or even whatever stupid messages some health authorities are saying about learning to live with the virus! Your life and the lives of your loved ones matter and no one is going to help you but yourself!
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