In this segment on WIS, Dawndy Mercer Plank discusses flu and COVID-19 with Leah Clanton, MD, with Lexington Hospitalists. Dr. Clanton notes research shows as many as 20-30 percent of patients with COVID-19 are co-infected with another virus like influenza.
Because the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it's likely health providers will test patients for both viruses in order to make an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Clanton warns that there is growing evidence that COVID-19 antibodies may not last indefinitely so it is possible to become re-infected with COVID-19. Also, COVID-19 antibodies do not provide protection against influenza or other viruses.
The most important thing you can do to avoid getting the flu, and a potential co-infection of flu and COVID-19, is to get a flu vaccine.
Experts are hopeful the increased focus on handwashing, mask wearing and social distancing will reduce the number of flu cases this year.