COVID-19 and flu, a perfect storm

12 June 2020 Vol 368, Issue 6496


COVID-19 and flu, a perfect storm
By Edward A. Belongia, Michael T. Osterholm
The world is in uncharted waters for the 2020 respiratory virus season. For the first time in modern history, the Northern Hemisphere faces the prospect of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and a simultaneous epidemic of seasonal influenza. Each causes life-threatening illness and death, especially in older adults, people with chronic diseases, and other vulnerable populations. How can we prepare for this convergence?