Double Trouble


Anchor lead: What can we expect as we head into the flu season? Elizabeth Tracey reports

It’s flu season now in the United States and other parts of the northern hemisphere, and Sars-CoV2 is more active than ever. Lisa Maragakis, an infectious diseases expert at Johns Hopkins, says even more respiratory infections are likely as we enter the winter months.

Maragakis: As we head into influenza season we are going to have multiple respiratory infections and viruses circulating. Up until this point and until the summer in the northern hemisphere, almost any respiratory symptoms has indicated Covid-19 likely, that is caused by the Sars-CoV2 coronavirus. Influenza is a distinct viral infection, a respiratory infection caused by one of several strains of the influenza virus family. Most notably we can prevent them in some of the same ways.   :32

Maragakis reiterates the importance of physical distancing and masking as well as washing hands and staying away from others if you’re not feel well, and getting a flu shot as soon as possible. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.