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SARS-CoV-2 and Seasonal Flu

Bulletin 88 | Stephen Kramer


While attention has, of course, been on SARS-CoV-2, seasonal influenza is a material killer. Evidence from the below-average spread of seasonal flu in the Southern Hemisphere in their last winter makes us think that the winter just starting in the Northern Hemisphere may be mild as far as flu is concerned. But the risk of a ‘double hit’ remains.


There is some evidence that flu vaccination has some effect against COVID-19, and so the flu vaccine could also provide a form of protective ‘counter double hit’ – as would the social distancing that has already become routine for many.

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