Immunologist did not rule out a combination of COVID-19 and influenza epidemics – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

In the spring in Russia, the COVID-19 epidemic may coincide with the flu epidemic. There are certain risks, but so far everything is fine, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, immunologist Valery Chereshnev said on the air of Sputnik radio. According to him, this year there are much less flu cases. Back in mid-January, the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, said that this had never happened before. According to epidemiologists, one pathogen simply ousted the other.

In addition, 83 million people (60 percent of the population) were vaccinated against influenza in the country. And many more wear masks, which are additional protection against respiratory infections. “It is too early to stop wearing masks. The coronavirus has receded a little, but the flu is not sleeping. Only at the end of March we will breathe freely,” Chereshnev stressed. The main thing is that there is no pathogenic strain of influenza that occurs periodically in two to three years, the immunologist added.

Earlier, the Smorodintsev Influenza Research Institute did not rule out that the flu could replace the coronavirus in the spring. “We are already seeing an improvement in the situation with coronavirus infection. And there is a fairly high probability that by the spring season we will still see an increase in the activity of the influenza virus,” said Daria Danilenko, deputy head of the institute.

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