A dual threat is looming and will become a reality very soon.
Twindemic is a new term recently coined by journalists around the world to describe WHAT COULD HAPPEN when the flu season begins in earnest and collides with the ongoing pandemic.
In a worst case scenario, researchers, scientists and physicians believe that a worst case scenario could overwhelm our hospital capacity and available resources, equipment, etc.
It is the fervent hope of everyone that due to following the mediation protocols for these last few months will bring us a milder flu season.
Scientists originally hoped that the seasonal heat of summer would kill or diminish the current virus. As we all know, that did not happen.
There is a very real concern that with winter soon to arrive, and more people indoors, the potential for spread increases without proper ventilation in place. As re-entry into in-person school is happening around the country, having proper ventilation in schools, businesses and homes become a critical component to helping to control further spread of the virus.
So, how do you improve ventilation?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“To increase ventilation in your home, you can:
- Open the windows, or screened doors, if possible
- Operate a window air conditioner that has an outdoor air intake or vent, with the vent open (some window air conditioners do not have outside air intakes)
- Open the outside air intake of the HVAC system, if yours has one (this is not common). Consult your HVAC manual or an HVAC professional for details.
- Operate a bathroom fan when the bathroom is in use and continuously, if possible
How to prepare for the worst case scenario of this dual threat:
First and foremost, get the flu vaccine. The best time to receive your flu shot is between September and December.
Hopefully, our flu season will be milder as is the case in the Southern Hemisphere. So far.
In an article published by MedicalXpress:
“COVID-19 prevention might translate into record low rates, says CDC.”
It is believed that all of the social distancing measures in place are reducing flu numbers while also preventing COVID infections.
We have to stay on high alert keeping restrictions (particularly travel) in place. Europe is reporting a sharp rise in their case numbers. This should also be a wake-up call and motivation to beef up supplies, equipment, etc.
Until a vaccine is developed, tested and mass produced, we have to pay close attention to not allowing our healthcare facilities and essential workers to become overwhelmed.
In 1918, influenza killed an estimated 50 million people. (H1N1).
Luckily, we never have to experience that type of devastating virus. WE HAVE A VACCINE!
Scientists are anxiously wanting to know how the flu and COVID-19 are going to collide. We already know that you can have the flu and COVID at the same time. You can also have one right after the other, further increasing respiratory difficulties, and the possibility of more severe permanent damage.
Social distancing and quarantining is proven to work.
Many of us (including me) are experiencing COVID fatigue. We cannot lower our guard. The need for us to keep protecting ourselves as well as our families and neighbors is crucial.
We cannot risk another surge. Our economy cannot withstand another shutdown due to complacency. We will be in recovery mode for many years to come. This is far from over.
Protect your children from this double whammy.
MedicalXpress also states:
“………….children under 5 years of age are one of the groups most likely to have severe outcomes from seasonal influenza, including hospitalizations and deaths.”
Forecasters are predicting high numbers of deaths by the end of 2020. Because of the lack of complete data regarding this novel coronavirus, their job has become a lot more difficult.
Will social distancing and masks help to lower the numbers?
Do you believe weather and seasonality are the main drivers that determine pneumonia mortality as well as COVID mortality?
Regardless of what you believe, we have to continue diligently doing what is known to work.
To learn more about the dual threat “TWINDEMIC” we are facing, watch this short video:
Editor’s Note: We are hearing from several subscribers that do not have confidence in the COVID numbers being reported. Since we first began covering this long and arduous journey, one of our main resources is the JOHNS HOPKINS, University of Medicine, CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE CENTER.
This dashboard is one that we have visited numerous times during the course of the last nine months. You can visit their dashboard for up-to-date and accurate information. They have provided an invaluable service to the public throughout this pandemic.
If you would like to read additional articles published by Le Snuggle on the topic of COVID-19, and vaccines, you can click on the links below:
- August is National Immunization Month (2019)
- COVID-19: Press The Reset Button!
- When Awareness, Prevention And Testing Can Save Your Life!
- A Short Reprieve | Easter 2020 Reflections
- April: Stress & Alcohol Awareness Month
- An Uninformed And Irresponsible Pastor
- I Lost A Friend Today
- World Blood Day 2020
- August is National Immunization Month (2020)
- September Is Suicide Prevention Month
Be safe, mask up!, be kind, and be proactive.
“Your intent will always be second to what you complete.”