NewsNet 23 Sep 2020

COVID-19 and the Flu Shot: Why Medical Experts Say it's Crucial This Year


As epidemiologists race toward developing a vaccine for COVID-19, there's one long-standing vaccine that scientists say is equally valuable.
If not, more so, because this one already exists.
It's none other than the seasonal flu vaccine.

At least 34 people connected to the White House have tested positive for COVID-19, many of whom attended a Rose Garden event in late September.
As winter approaches, we will have a mixture of COVID-19 and flu season. How can we prepare for flu season in the time of coronavirus?

CGTN spoke to Dr. Richard Webby about the difference between flu and coronavirus symptoms and why the flu vaccine is more important this year.

Dr. Webby is a member of the faculty in the Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Director of World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds.

Dr. Webby said: "Technically, the flu can turn into COVID-19. There have been a number of reports of people that have actually been infected with both influenza and COVID."

He also added: "This year, I think it's incredibly important for people to go out and get the flu shot even if they've never had it before."
The Access to #COVID19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator is a ground-breaking global collaboration to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.

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In the United States, Chicago's Black and Latino residents are far more likely to die from COVID-19 than their white counterparts. It is a pattern seen across the country.

In this deeply segregated city, the virus's uneven effects mirror existing racial and economic divisions.

Before the pandemic, the life expectancy gap between majority white and predominantly Black neighbourhoods was as wide as 17 years. One of the reasons for that is unequal access to resources — from quality housing to healthcare and fresh food.

Fault Lines meets the communities fighting to bring resources to their neighbourhoods and stop structural racism decades in the making.

In The Great Divide, we ask how these racial inequities allowed COVID-19 to spread and learn about the lives lost in the process.

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