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Editorial: Flu Vaccines Are Essential During a Pandemic

The virus spreads rapidly indoors, which tends to occur in the fall and winter.

So we must maintain our healthy behaviors or risk the worst recession in public health history, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The United States, home to only 4 percent of the world's population, has more than 20 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the world. why? The United States dismantled its public health infrastructure in recent decades, and other countries have acted more responsibly.

Robert Redfield, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said that Americans should follow the following four preventive behaviors:

  • Wear a mask.
  •  Wash your hands frequently.
  • Be physically distant.
  • Be smart with crowds.
He told Web MD that failure to follow these prevention steps in the midst of an epidemic, coupled with the usual flu season, could lead to a public health disaster.

In fact, new research shows that 6 feet in public places isn't always enough. Because the coronavirus can float and travel, a distance of 6 feet is minimal and not enough indoors, experts reported in The Washington Post.

At a highly publicized church choir practice in Washington state, one person injured 52 others, including one from 45 feet away.

In fact, the 6-foot stem dates back to 19th century research.

Factors that affect the spread of the virus include airflow, exposure time, crowd density, and whether people wear face masks. It is also important if people are talking, shouting or singing.

For example, a person with coronavirus can spread it quickly in a church choir where people are close to each other and do not wear masks.

The epidemic continues to cause a large number of deaths and injuries .......

The coronavirus is much more dangerous than the flu. In the last flu season, the CDC reported that initial estimates indicated that between 24,000 and 62,000 Americans died. In contrast, more than 190,000 Americans have died from the epidemic.

The flu and coronavirus have this in common: They are most threatening to the very young, the elderly, and people with underlying health problems.

There is at least one flu vaccine available, so it is imperative that people take advantage of it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention purchased 10 million doses of the flu vaccine this year for the uninsured compared to the usual 500,000 doses.

If enough Americans were vaccinated against the flu, perhaps as much as 45 percent of the population, it could help prevent its spread, according to Kaiser Health News.

But what if people get the flu and coronavirus? This is the nightmare scenario.

CDC recommends that people get the flu vaccine in late October, but the vaccine received afterward is still worth the effort during flu season.

Flu vaccines do not prevent all cases of flu, but they can reduce the severity of the illness.

Progress in coronavirus testing

The coronavirus test is not helpful if the results are delayed. Therefore, it is essential to produce large volumes of readily available evidence.

The White House has announced an agreement with Abbott Labs to produce 150 million rapid tests for the coronavirus. Results can be obtained in 15 minutes.

Healthcare providers will clean the patient's nose and place the sample on a credit card-sized card with a chemical for testing.

This rapid test is designed for use in schools, nursing homes, doctor's offices, and other places that need rapid test results.

Of course, evidence must be distributed where it is most needed. To be most effective, there must be people dedicated to tracking the whereabouts of infected people.