- There may not yet be a coronavirus vaccine, but it is extremely important to get the flu shot this year. The flu period overlaps with the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes the situation worse.
- The World Health Organization clarified during a press conference that the COVID-19 pandemic is “one big wave”, not a seasonal disease such as the flu.
- Without first containing COVID-19, countries may face problems with both the new coronavirus and influenza.
- The WHO advises people to look for flu vaccines because the flu season begins during the winter in the southern hemisphere.
The new coronavirus pandemic is very out of control, as the world is on the rise. Some regions have successfully leveled the curve, while others are currently going through sharp waves that are even worse than the April peaks. Some refer to the recovery as the “second peak”; of the first wave of COVID-19, while others call it the “second wave”. But no matter what you say, it is clear that the virus is not interested in the season.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has provided the world with the worst possible news about the COVID-19 project ahead of the upcoming flu season. A pandemic is “one big wave”, it is not seasonal. And that could be a big problem in the coming months, when flu cases start accumulating on top of COVID-19.
WHO officials have avoided labeling the recovery of COVID-19 in places such as Hong Kong and other countries, which have seen an increase in cases as a “wave”. The name of these “waves” of outbreaks suggests that the virus behaves in a way that is beyond human control, Reuters notes, but spread can slow human activity.
“We are in the first wave. It will be one big wave. It will go up and down a bit. It’s best to level him and turn him into something that catches his feet, “said Margaret Harris of the WHO during a virtual briefing in Geneva.
“People are still thinking about the seasons,” she said, pointing to the increased number of COVID-19 cases in the United States over the summer. “We all have to get around our heads, it’s a new virus and … this one behaves differently.”
“Summer is a problem. This virus likes all weather, “said Harris. In the first months of the pandemic, President Trump famously said that the virus would come when the weather came warm, but that did not happen. At that time, we already had evidence that the virus could survive in warmer climates when it reached the southern hemisphere. The research that followed further demonstrated that SARS-CoV-2 is not like influenza viruses in terms of heat.
The flu comes in waves because it is a seasonal infectious disease. Harris expressed concern that COVID-19 coincides with the normal flu season during the winter in the southern hemisphere. The flu season will begin soon, and at the height of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will see what it will look like in the northern hemisphere.
Laboratory samples have not yet shown a high number of cases of influenza, indicating that the beginning of the influenza season in the southern hemisphere is later than normal.
“If you have an increase in respiratory disease when you already have a very high burden of respiratory disease, it puts even more pressure on the health system,” Harris said, urging people to look for flu vaccines. The coronavirus vaccine could be ready by mid-autumn, although by 2021 it could not be received by the general public for several months.