What does the flu mean for the 6th COVID-19 wave in Quebec? – CBC

New research suggests it is rare, though not impossible to have COVID-19 and the flu at the same time

Apr 25, 2022

As the flu returns to the province after a nearly two-year lull, a team of Quebec researchers has discovered the influenza virus could speed up the end of the sixth wave of COVID-19 infections.

But they also found that it’s possible for some people to be infected by both viruses at once, causing symptoms that are more severe. The immunity provided by flu vaccines could be waning, too, as most were administered last fall.

Flu infections once again reached epidemic levels in early April, meaning the proportion of positive tests for the virus has surpassed five percent. That has now reached 11 per cent, a level typically seen in January and February in Quebec.

“It’s very unusual to have a flu epidemic begin so late in the year,” said Dr. Guy Boivin, a microbiologist and infectious diseases specialist based at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec, a network of teaching hospitals in Quebec City.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/influenza-covid-19-interaction-study-1.6430160

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