The ongoing coronavirus pandemic shows plenty of signs that it won’t go away anytime soon. Over 18 months had passed since the first outbreak of the disease. Hospitals from San Diego County (California, USA) are now preparing to face the fifth COVID surge, according to NBCSanDiego.com.
But COVID-19 won’t be the only major threat this time. The influenza virus will also give the doctors and patients a lot of headaches (even literally speaking, as headaches are also among the flu symptoms).
The fifth COVID surge is unavoidable
Christopher Longhurst from the UC San Diego Health declared as quoted by NBCSanDiego.com:
It is absolutely clear there will be a fifth surge — period,
So we are expecting a winter surge and unfortunately we talked about this last year about being concerned about a ‘twindemic’ of both flu and COVID.
He also added, as cited by the same source:
We did not see it last year because of the sense of masking that was in place, but we’re worried this year that we will see, with reduced public health measures, both COVID and flu making a resurgence at the same time.
The USA, in general, is the hardest-hit country in the world by the COVID pandemic. It counts over 43 million infections and more than 694,000 deaths caused by the coronavirus since the very first outbreak, according to worldometers.info. The first COVID case was reported in the US last year in January.
The authorities continue to add a lot of faith in the vaccines, hoping that they’ll stop the pandemic. But according to Our World in Data, only 43.5% of the world’s population has been vaccinated for COVID with at least one of the necessary doses.