Officials Worry Flu Season, Coronavirus Pandemic Will Overwhelm Hospitals

Officials Worry Flu Season, Coronavirus Pandemic Will Overwhelm Hospitals

With fall flu season upon us, health experts are sounding the alarm about the double threat of coronavirus and seasonal flu impacting hospitals.

Epidemiologists and public health officials are concerned that if the flu season is bad this year hospitals will be overwhelmed. “If we have a bad flu season and fill up our emergency rooms, our ICU beds and our hospital beds with flu [patients], we’re not going to be able to defend ourselves against the onslaught of the coronavirus,” said John Carlo, a member of the Texas Medical Association COVID-19 task force and past chair of the Texas Public Health Coalition.

vitamin-d3-k2-with-bioperine-immune-support-supplementMore than 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 disease in the past eight months, the largest loss of life in that time period due to a virus in more than 100 years. Health officials don’t know what a person who catches both the flu and coronavirus at the same time would mean. What’s also unknown is whether the coronavirus will ebb and flow as seasons change, although the coronavirus is anticipated to spread at some rate until a vaccine is widely available.

“The worst-case scenario is both (the coronavirus and the flu) are spreading fast and causing severe disease, complicating diagnoses and presenting a double burden on the health care system,” says Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiologist at Harvard University.

Every year millions of individuals become sick with influenza. In the 2017-2018 flu season, 61,000 people died from the flu and more than 810,000 people ended up in the hospital. Last year, just over 45% of Americans got vaccinated for the flu.

Public Hygiene, Face Masks Lessen Flu Virus Spread

Some are hopeful that increased personal hygiene practices such as hand washing and the wearing of face masks during the coronavirus pandemic may help keep the worst of the flu season at bay. Both COVID-19 and the flu are transmitted, for the most part, by respiratory droplets, so the same prevention strategies used to reduce the spread of the former also should work for the latter.

The U.S. Surgeon General and CDC Director advocate continuing to wear face masks and maintain social distancing to avoid transmission of coronavirus.

Recommendations to Increase Immunity

A balanced diet remains one of the best ways to maintain a healthy immune system and to help prevent chronic diseases. Regular exercise, quality sleep and maintaining a healthy weight are also important to keeping your immune strength up.

The USDA Nutritional Guidelines recommend increasing consumption of vitamin D, potassium, fiber and calcium as part of a healthy diet.

Good Medicine Choice supports a variety of all-natural immune support, brain health and weight loss and energy vitamins and dietary supplements, including GMC Liposomal Vitamin CVitamin K2+Vitamin D3 with Bioperine, and Good Medicine Choice Doctor-approved Complete Multivitamin. (Shipping is included in all online purchases from the Good Medicine Choice Shop.)

For further details and information please read Good Medicine Choice Network blog articles: “Study: Can Vitamin D Fight COVID-19 Illness?” and “Large doses of Vitamin C may Reduce Body’s Stress Response, Improve-Immunity.”


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  1. Garry

    January 17, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Nice article but please provide reference

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