EU faces threat of prolonged 'twindemic' as flu returns

EU faces threat of prolonged 'twindemic' as flu returns

17/1/2022 10:44:00 AM

EU faces threat of prolonged 'twindemic' as flu returns

BRUSSELS: Influenza has returned to Europe at a faster-than-expected rate this winter after almost disappearing last year, raising concerns about a prolonged \u0022twindemic\u0022 with COVID-19 amid some doubts about the effectiveness of flu vaccines. Lockdowns, mask-wearing and social distancing that have become th

BRUSSELS: Influenza has returned to Europe at a faster-than-expected rate this winter after almost disappearing last year, raising concerns about a prolonged"twindemic" with COVID-19 amid some doubts about the effectiveness of flu vaccines.Lockdowns, mask-wearing and social distancing that have become the norm in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic knocked out flu last winter, temporarily eradicating a virus that globally kills about 650,000 a year, according to EU figures.

But that has now changed as countries adopt less strict measures to fight COVID-19 due to widespread vaccination.Since mid-December, flu viruses have been circulating in Europe at a higher-than-expected rate, the European Centre for Disease prevention and Control (ECDC) reported this month.

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