If you’ve recently heard the term “twindemic”, you’re probably wondering what it is and why everyone is so concerned about it. Twindemic refers to when there are two epidemics at the same time. In this case, people are talking about COVID-19 and the flu twindemic. By now, most of us have realized that COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere, and it just so happens that infections of COVID-19 tend to spike around the same time that flu season ramps up. This leads to the potential for two pandemics at the same time or a twindemic. Worse, we’re not just worried about people catching either the flu or COVID-19; there is the potential, especially for those at higher risk, to catch both simultaneously.
This is why medical professionals at your local doctor’s office and 24-hour emergency room warn people to practice safe health habits this flu season to avoid contracting one or both of the viruses. If you start to feel sick, even if you think it’s not the flu or COVID-19, we recommend you come to us at Express ER Temple immediately. Our highly trained staff have the tools and technology needed to test you and determine whether you have the flu, COVID-19, or something else and start treatment immediately. Don’t be a victim of the twindemic; get help right away.
It is now understood that both the flu and COVID-19 are caused by viruses that attack the respiratory system. This is part of the reason that the two viruses together are so dangerous. Additionally, though there are vaccinations for both, they are only somewhat effective, meaning caution is still necessary as it is possible to catch either virus while vaccinating. However, vaccinations provide some protection regardless of whether it prevents a person from catching the virus, so we recommend staying up to date on your COVID-19 and flu vaccines.
Complications for the two viruses can be quite severe and even deadly. If you have particular issues that can intensify either virus, you are at greater risk for complications. Some examples of those at risk include those with heart-related health problems, respiratory issues, a weakened immune system, chronic illness, and those under two and over 65 years of age.
If you or someone you know has any of these conditions, it’s important to seek influenza or COVID-19 treatments near me at your local Express ER Temple. We’re ready to help you manage the complications from both flu and COVID-19 and have treatments ready and available when you need them.
Remember, it is difficult for doctors to tell the two viruses apart. You could be sick and contagious for days before symptoms manifest, so if you feel anything out of the ordinary, see us today!