Is it Possible to Have the Flu and COVID at the Same Time?
As America dives headfirst into the seasonal flu season during what seems to be a no end in sight Coronavirus pandemic, is it possible to have both the flu and COVID-19?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes. A person can be infected by both viruses at the same time. Both viruses are spread by respiratory droplets by way of coughing, talking or sneezing. COVID-19 is the more contagious of the two viruses.
COVID-19 and influenza are transferred from person to person in basically the same manner, however, each uses different cell receptors to get into our bodies.
Even though humans can have both flu and COVID-19 viruses at the same time, don't expect to see those numbers rise. The reason is most people won't get tested for both. If someone tests positive for COVID-19 they usually won't test for the flu. By the same token, if someone has the flu they most probably won't get tested for COVID-19.
Flu season hasn't nearly peaked yet. This will be the first time in history for the world to have flu season in the midst of a Coronavirus pandemic. Both viruses exhibiting many of the same symptoms, both able to mutate and both life-threatening.
Remember to wash your hands thoroughly often, social distance and wear an approved face mask. Always follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and state-mandated guidelines.