With the advent of winter, many people are concerned about the Corona virus and influenza together, and their impact on the health care system, and we must prepare for another possibility, which is to fight both viruses at the same time. In the following lines, according to the network’s website:CNN“American.
“You can definitely catch the flu and the coronavirus at the same time, which can be disastrous for your immune system,” said Dr. Adrian Burroughs, a family physician in Florida.
Epidemiologist Dr. Sima Yasmine said that having one of them could make you more susceptible to the other.
“Once you have the flu and some other respiratory viruses, they weaken your body,” added Yasmin, director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative. “Your defenses drop, and that makes you vulnerable to a second infection on top of that.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that both the coronavirus and influenza alone can attack the lungs, which can cause pneumonia, fluid in the lungs, or respiratory failure.
Each disease can also cause sepsis, heart infection, and inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissue.
Having the two diseases simultaneously “would increase the risks of long-term effects to the body’s systems but it is too early to know exactly how bad this double whammy is, compared to having each virus alone,” said Dr. Michael Mathy, professor of medicine and critical care specialist at the University of California, USA. .
Mathie said that’s because the coronavirus didn’t spread across the United States until near the end of the last flu season, so there isn’t a lot of data yet on people who contracted the two diseases at the same time.
Mathie added that the possibility of pneumonia would be greater if the body was infected with influenza and the Corona virus, adding that “the two viruses together can certainly be more harmful to the lungs and cause more respiratory failure.”
Respiratory failure doesn’t necessarily mean your lungs have stopped working. It just means your lungs can’t get enough oxygen into your blood.
“Acute respiratory failure can be a life-threatening emergency,” says the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. “Respiratory failure can damage the lungs and other organs, so it’s important that you get treated quickly.”
How do you know you have the flu and corona together?
“The symptoms of influenza and coronavirus are very similar, so it’s hard to distinguish between the two,” said Dr. Leonard Mermel, medical director of the division of epidemiology and infection control at Rhode Island Hospital.
The CDC confirmed that both the flu and the coronavirus can cause you to have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, sore throat, body aches and a runny or stuffy nose.
“Some people may experience vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than in adults,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, “but unlike influenza, coronavirus can cause a loss of taste or smell.”
About half of all cases of transmission of the Corona virus occur between people who do not show any symptoms, (many of these people are presymptomatic and are most contagious before symptoms begin to appear).
So the best way to find out if you have the novel coronavirus or the flu (or both) is to get tested.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC)CDC) a test to check for both viruses, for use in public health laboratories supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.