A COVID-19 comeback could converge with the flu this fall—a prospect dreaded by hospitals, routinely pushed to their limits during the flu season.
Hospitals could head off the threat by staffing up and boosting beds and equipment. And “social distancing light” could help too, says Harvard infectious-disease modeler Stephen Kissler. That could include postponing large events and extending remote work.
But the most important way Americans could help? Getting flu shots.
That could be a prerequisite to returning to work, suggested Jennifer Nuzzo, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. “The flu shot is one of the few things that is within our power,” writes Olga Khazan—one that “we might want to seize.”