Health systems may experience additional strain if a seasonal flu outbreak coincides with the intense spread of the coronavirus.
The seasonal nature of the COVID-19 coronavirus has not yet been confirmed. This was stated at a briefing in Geneva by the official representative of the world health organization (WHO), Margaret Harris.
вЂњThe season does not seem to affect the transmission of the virus,вЂќ she said and drew attention to the rapid spread of infection in a number of countries located at different latitudes and passing through different seasons вЂ” both in the Northern and southern hemispheres.
Harris stressed that the spread of coronavirus can be favored by large concentrations of people who do not observe the social distance.
вЂњWhere people are in close contact, we see intense transmission,вЂќ she explained.
Harris recalled that, unlike COVID-19, flu is a seasonal disease.
вЂњWe see an increase in flu cases in winter. It's winter in the southern hemisphere. It is noteworthy that we see a high incidence of COVID-19, but we are not currently seeing a high incidence of flu,вЂќ the official said, adding: вЂњWe expect a later onset of the flu season in the southern hemisphere.вЂќ
Who is concerned that health systems may be under additional strain if a seasonal flu outbreak coincides with the intense spread of the coronavirus. The organization encourages the population to get vaccinated against flu, as this вЂњwill help at least limit the outbreak of this virus,вЂќ stated Harris.
She explained that the current phase of COVID-19 should be considered the first, not the second. According to her, we should expect вЂњone big waveвЂќ, which will вЂњincrease and decrease somewhatвЂќ.
Earlier, the UN said that most cases of COVID-19 in the world were detected in major cities. People in megacities were more vulnerable to infection due to the structure of cities, as well as work and movement.