WA Health Care Providers Prepare as Flu Season COVID 19 Converge / Public News Service

Lower than usual flu activity in the Southern Hemisphere could be a good sign for the United States as winter approaches. (DimaBerlin/Adobe Stock)

October 14, 2020

SEATTLE — Health professionals are concerned about the overlap this winter of flu season and the COVID-19 pandemic, and are asking that people prepare themselves.

Raj Sundar, a family-medicine physician for Kaiser Permanente in Burien, said colder weather will make it especially tricky for avoiding coronavirus and the flu as activities move inside. He said there’s also concern about how the viruses will interact with each other.

“There are a lot of complications that can happen if you not only get the flu and the coronavirus or COVID-19 at the same time,” he said, “but we know if you experience the flu that you are prone to complications if you subsequently contract COVID-19.”

While there’s not yet a vaccine for COVID-19, Sundar pointed out

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