Flu Shots

The upcoming flu seasons will pose complications to treating the coronavirus, said state health officer Dr. Scott Harris.

Harris said the biggest challenge hospitals face is discerning between coronavirus and flu symptoms. Both cause symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Some doctors think it will be difficult to know how to treat patients. Harris said it is the perfect storm of diseases with overlapping similarities.

He does acknowledge that there are key differences in symptoms that may help doctors identify coronavirus when they see it. Still, not every patient presents these symptoms.

Misdiagnoses may be harmful to patients’ health because the treatment course for the flu and COVID-19 are different.

And doctors are not yet sure how coronavirus and influenza interact. Harris said, “Now do we know if people can have influenza and COVID-19 infections at the same time? I don’t know if we know that but I think we’re going to find out.”

Harris said flu season can start anywhere from September to November.

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