He said it's also possible that a significant number of people already had immunity to the flu viruses in circulation this year in the Southern Hemisphere.
"If we can follow the same pattern as Australia, I think we would consider ourselves lucky, because the COVID measures have basically wiped out and crushed the influenza curve and I would like to see the same thing here".
"We're going to be totally confused", University of Michigan School of Public Health epidemiologist Arnold Monto told the Washington Post about the upcoming "twindemic".
That's critical, he said, because normally during the peak flu season from November to February, Windsor Regional's ICU and medical wards are full or overflowing with influenza patients.More news: Here’s What We Know So Far About the AstraZeneca Vaccine Trial Halt
"The risk of getting the flu and COVID-19 is a rational concern". "That is also going to help the reduction of COVID because we are keeping people out of the hospital where transmission could occur".
Foti said health care professionals aren't sure if those who have the flu or COVID-19 are more susceptible to being infected with the other virus.
Health officials add that while hospitals may be taking a regional approach to the pandemic, public health policies, like physical distancing and staying home if sick, will remain the same across the province.
Infectious disease experts warn that an easy flu season down under does not mean the United States will necessarily be as fortunate. "These jobs ensure seniors get the quality care they need and deserve - 7,000 new healthcare workers will make a huge difference in the lives of our seniors". We know right now this is a very vulnerable population.
"We won't be able to distinguish immediately between whether somebody has flu or whether somebody has Covid", WHO's Van Kerkhove said.
Flu shots work: In the 2018-19 U.S. flu season, the vaccine averted more than 4 million illnesses, 2 million doctors' visits and about 58,000 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths, according to the CDC.More news: Kevin Spacey sued by Anthony Rapp for alleged sexual assault at 14
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu shot.
Historically, only about 45% of USA adults and 63% of children get vaccinated against the flu, according to the CDC.
The 2019-2020 flu season was the deadliest in years for American kids, killing at least 188, according to the CDC. However, if you miss this window you can still get the flu shot and reap the benefits.
"We wish to reach those communities of color and underrepresented minorities with even more intensity, but we're not a whole lot smarter about how to do that, unfortunately", Schaffner said.
This year's flu vaccine is the quadrivalent vaccine and is created to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A (H1N1) viruses and two influenza B viruses.More news: Giannis Antetokounmpo shuts down talk of trade request: 'That's not happening'