Could countries face two epidemics at the same time next fall, flu and the coronavirus? It is possible that a new surge in coronavirus cases could coincide with the next flu season, causing – potentially – an even more difficult crisis than the one the world is facing now?
We know that the only thing predictable about flu is, that it’s unpredictable.
When flu season comes, there is a possibility that the world will be dealing with three respiratory viruses at the same time – flu, RSV and COVID-19. This could be a triple challenge for health care systems worldwide.
Are countries ready for how the coronavirus may impact the next
flu season? How can we safeguard flu vaccination (as one of the greatest tools we have as we go through the fall-winter season) and thereby minimize the impact of flu to the other respiratory diseases we confront? How can antivirals be used in the upcoming flu epidemic?
ESWI will be organising a minimum of 4 webinars to deal with these questions and discuss amongst peers, clinicians and policy makers on 11 June, 18 June, 23 June and 2 July from 16:00 to 18:00 (CET).
WEBINAR 1: Thursday 11 June 2020 16:00-18:00 CET INFLUENZA AND RSV IN A COVID-19 WORLD
- Influenza, RSV and COVID-19: similarities and differences
Arnold Monto, University of Michigan , USA
- Epidemiology: what if COVID-19 strikes in the flu season?
Speaker to be confirmed
- Co-monitoring influenza, RSV and COVID-19
Colin Russel, University of Amsterdam , NL
- Diagnoses for influenza, RSV and COVID-19 and consequences
Marco Goeijenbier, Erasmus MC , NL