According to the British Health Security Agency (UKHSA), people who catch the flu and Covid-19 at the same time are “twice as likely to die”.
While winter and the viruses that accompany it are fast approaching, the Health Safety Agency has warned the British of the risks they are still running, as the Covid-19 has not yet completely disappeared.
an unpredictable winter
“I think next winter is uncertain,” Dr. Jenny Harries, director of the UKHSA, told Sky News’ microphone. “This is not a prediction, it is uncertain. But we know that flu cases were at their lowest last year, so immunity and stress are more hit and miss,” she explained.
According to Jenny Harries, who says that “in the past five years about 11,000 people have died from the flu,” the disease could have several strains this year. And the circulation of these variants of the flu in combination with that of Covid-19 can be fatal to thousands of people: “There are always risks to catching both. [maladies]. And if that happens to you, preliminary data indicates that you’re twice as likely to die as if you were only contracting Covid-19.
To protect yourself against both diseases, the director of the UKHSA advises you to get vaccinated against both Covid-19 and influenza, whose vaccine developed for this season can protect against four different variants. “But, of course, continue to respect the hygiene rules we have established throughout the Covid epidemic,” she concluded.