Covid-19 and flu: why doctors fear an explosive cocktail

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The seasonal flu vaccination will begin soon. If it does not protect against the coronavirus, scientists recommend it to limit the cohabitation between the two epidemics.

Fall 2020, a patient at his doctor’s office with fever, cough, fatigue. Flu or Covid-19 ? “This is the whole difficulty,” notes the virologist Vincent Enouf of the Institut Pasteur. But if he is vaccinated, it will be easier to eliminate the first option. » Vaccination against seasonal influenza– whose campaign begins in mid-October – a tool in the fight against the coronavirus? More and more doctors, scientists and politicians are supporting the idea. Not that the flu vaccine protects against Covid. No. But it could limit the coexistence of diseases, so feared by caregivers. In the winter of 2018-2019, the epidemic, however short, of influenza alone affected 1.8 million people, killed 8,100 and led to intensive care nearly 2,000. However, the major challenge is the preservation of our hospital capacities.
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