With flu season underway, you might wonder whether it’s possible to become ill with COVID-19 and flu at the same time.
“Unfortunately, yes, we are vulnerable to contracting both viruses simultaneously,” says Dr. Gerald Harmon, vice president of medical affairs at Tidelands Health and a longtime family medicine physician.
Falling ill with one virus does not preclude you from contracting the other. They are two different viruses that offer no cross-immunity, he says. That’s one of the reasons why it is more important than ever to get a flu shot this year.
With few exceptions, everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot.
“If you get both illnesses, that could be a double punch,” he says. “Either illness alone can be serious enough to lead to hospitalization.”