- There may not be a vaccine against coronavirus yet, but it is extremely important to get vaccinated against the flu this year. The flu season will coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic, which will further aggravate the situation.
- The World Health Organization explained at a press conference that the COVID-19 pandemic is “one big wave” and not a seasonal disease such as the flu.
- Without COVID-19 in the first place, countries could face challenges in tackling both the new coronavirus and the flu.
- The WHO advises people to get vaccinated against the flu because the flu season begins in the winter in the southern hemisphere.
The new coronavirus pandemic is almost out of control as the world experiences a huge wave of cases. Some regions have successfully smoothed the curve, while others are currently experiencing waves that are even worse than the April peaks. Some call the “second peak”; of the first COVID-19 wave, others the “second wave”. But no matter what you call it, the virus doesn’t care for the season.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has just given the world the worst possible news about COVID-19 ahead of the upcoming flu season. A pandemic is “one big wave”, it is not seasonal. This could pose a major problem in the coming months as flu cases begin to accumulate on COVID-19.
WHO officials have avoided marking the resurgence of COVID-19 in places like Hong Kong and other countries where there has been an increase in cases such as the “wave”. Calling these outbreaks “waves” indicates that the virus is behaving in the same way as the human will, Reuters notes, but human action can slow the spread.
“It simply came to our notice then. It will be one big wave. It will have to go up and down a bit. It’s best to smooth it out and turn it into just what’s pouring at your feet, “said WHO Margaret Harris during a virtual briefing in Geneva.
“People are still thinking about the seasons,” she said, noting the increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States over the summer. “We all need to hurry that this is a new virus, and it is behaving differently.”
“It simply came to our notice then. I like this virus in any weather, “said Harris. In the first months of the pandemic, President Trump said loudly that in warmer weather, the virus would go away, but that didn’t happen. At that time, we already had evidence that the virus could have survived in warmer climates when it reached the southern hemisphere. Subsequent studies have shown that SARS-CoV-2 is not similar to influenza viruses during heat.
Influenza strikes waves because it is a seasonal infectious disease. Harris expressed concern about COVID-19 coinciding with the normal flu season in the southern hemisphere in winter. The flu season is about to begin, and we’ll get an overview of what it will look like in the northern hemisphere during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To date, laboratory samples have not shown a high number of influenza cases, suggesting that the influenza season in the southern hemisphere begins later than usual.
“If respiratory disease gets more frequent when you already have a very heavy burden of respiratory disease, it puts even more pressure on your health system,” Harris said, urging people to look for flu vaccines. The coronavirus vaccine could be ready by mid-autumn, although the general public may not receive it until a few months before 2021.