Covering a ‘twindemic:’ Flu, COVID-19 share at least one season

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

A “twindemic” is what infectious disease experts are calling the possibility that both the COVID-19 and influenza viruses will sicken Americans this winter. How likely is that possibility and what are public health officials doing about it?

Experts, speaking at AHCJ’s Summit on Infectious Disease in November, discussed expectations about the coming flu season, how the health care system will handle the influx of both COVID-19 and flu patients, and how the flu, like COVID-19, disproportionately impacts Black, Latinx and other vulnerable communities. They also offer insights about what this year’s flu vaccination rates might mean for the anticipated COVID-19 vaccine in 2021.

This recorded panel features

  • Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention, The Johns Hopkins Health System; associate professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Virginia D. Banks, M.D., infectious diseases physician, Northeast Ohio Infectious Disease Associates
  • Litjen “L.J.” Tan, Ph.D., M.S., chief strategy officer, Immunization Action Coalition
  • Moderator: Bara Vaida, AHCJ topic leader/infectious diseases

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