Should We Still Worry About the Flu?


Hannah Jones, Staff Writer

We thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, but now flu season is approaching. According to the Allegheny Health Network, “It would challenge the capacity of our health care system to handle a surge of both flu patients as well as COVID patients.”  

The CDC says that masks could possibly prevent spread of the flu. “I think that because of masks and social distancing there will be fewer cases” said junior Amaya Harding.  The CDC also says that the flu season will be “hard to predict”. It could possibly mutate away from the vaccine or it can be contained by the regulations that are in place for the Coronavirus 

One of the problems we could come across is having COVID-19 and the Flu at the same time. This could be very dangerous because both attack the lungs. In the southern hemisphere, the flu season deaths were drastically low. This is possible because of the elimination of gatherings, social distancing, and the wearing of face coverings.  

Health officials are also expecting a 15% higher demand of vaccines despite knowing that they are never 100% effective. But with the flu shot, you can bet that it will protect you against Influenza. Due to what the southern hemisphere experienced with COVID-19, we can expect that the United States flu cases could also be lower this year and we will find out late November early December.