According to Jenny Harris, executive director of the British Health Safety Agency, people who catch the flu and Covid at the same time in the winter are twice as likely to die as those who have the coronavirus alone.
The former deputy chief medical officer for Britain has warned that Britain is facing an “uncertain” winter – both the flu and Covid-19 – for the first time – urging people to use both coronavirus and flu if appropriate.
Asked how much the public should be worried about the flu this winter, Sky’s Trevor Phillips said on Sunday: “We have to worry about the flu every winter. I think people still don’t understand that it can be a deadly disease.
“But I think it’s important for us to see the flu for the first time in any figure that’s circulating with Covid this winter. So the risks of bringing the two together still remain. And if you do, then the early evidence is that Covid’s only indicates that you are more likely to die from being together twice than to stay.
“So I think there will be an uncertain winter ahead – it’s not a forecast, it’s an uncertain feature – but we know that a year ago there were fewer cases of influenza, so the types of immunity and tension are a little more uncertain.” he said.
Harries warned last year that there could be multiple flu cases in the UK this year, with Covid restrictions saying the level of the virus was extremely low.
According to him, an average of 11,000 people die from the flu each year. “The difference here is that if you want, we’ve had the flu for almost a year, and we can deal with a lot of flu – one strain in general,” he said.
Harries said this year’s flu vaccine contained four strains of the virus after consulting the World Health Organization (ASTM), the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), and looking at countries in the southern hemisphere where winter and therefore influenza occur. season comes earlier.
“So we have a pretty good range in our toolbox to try and shoot which one is dominant, but this year there could be more than one and people’s immunity will be lower. I think the real trick here is to vaccinate against both Covid and the flu, but Covid is to continue the good hygiene behaviors we practice throughout, ”Harries said.
Harries said children wearing masks at school would not be at the top of the list of safety measures against Covid.
“I think the important thing is to make sure the kids aren’t in school when they’re really contagious. We have a very good test program and we know we expected an increase in work at the beginning of the period,” he said.
Harries said the global dominance of the Delta variant has led to the “depletion” of other coronavirus variants, but warned that we still need to “stay alert.”
The NHS aims to vaccinate 35 million people, the most ambitious flu program in winter history. There are about 30 million front-line health and social workers, people over the age of 50, children up to 11th grade, pregnant women and those at clinical risk who are fighting the flu.