The United States could face a second wave of covid-19 outbreaks later this year, expected around the start of the flu season, public health officials warned.There are many aspects involved, but the most important is the possibility of influenza and new coronavirus infection at the same time. Recently, Dr. Benjamin singer, a lung specialist at Northwestern Medical University, published a new report detailing the severity of the upcoming influenza season 2020-2021. The risk of this influenza season is higher than before, and the effective implementation of social isolation order will be the key to the spread of these two viruses.
In the report, the spread of influenza can be limited using the same social isolation as the new coronavirus. This means that if infection peaks this fall, expanding social alienation could help prevent a surge in flu cases and new covid-19 infections.
The report said that the increase in influenza vaccination rate will also help to determine the severity of the upcoming influenza season. Singer suggested that influenza vaccination rates should be increased, especially among the elderly, who are more vulnerable to the two viruses. The work of covid-19 vaccine is still in progress and is unlikely to be completed in the near future.
In addition, there are two factors that affect the outbreak of the virus: rapid diagnostic kits and other respiratory diseases. According to the report, more than 20% of patients with covid-19 are co infected with another respiratory pathogen. Finally, the report calls on the government to improve health care services for vulnerable groups, including the elderly, people living in poverty and people of color.