What Will Flu Season Look Like As We Take Steps to Limit Spread of Coronavirus?

August 16, 2020
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As we take steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus, what can we expect for flu season this year?

Main Line Health System chairman of medicine Dr. Lawrence Livornese said it’s never easy to guess what flu season will look like.

“The hopeful thing in my mind is many of the strategies we’re taking now to prevent the transmission of COVID should be effective in decreasing the transmission of influenza,” Livornese said. 

Dr. Peter Bidey, vice chair of family medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, explained that they look to the Southern Hemisphere for clues as they are “on the opposite season cycle of us.”  

“And if you look they’ve actually had decreased cases of flu,” Bidey added. 

He added that the flu and the coronavirus spread in many of the same ways, so wearing masks and social distancing may help slow the spread of influenza.

They both say this year, it’s more important than ever to get a flu shot.

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