What is The New Twindemic – Is it About to Hit?


If you aren’t familiar with the term “Twindemic” yet, you will be soon.  If, like me you thought the “Covid-19 Twilight Zone” had reached it’s peak, then I am sorry to disappoint you.  

I have come across an article that adds yet another new word into the ever increasing “Covid Dictionary” to go alongside the plethora of others that have appeared from nowhere yet slipped easily into our everyday conversation when discussing the “new Covid-19 kid on the block”.


Twindemic apparently is the new shorthand for the convergence of flu season in the Autumn and the current COVID-19 pandemic (can’t wait!).

The article states:-

“We’re going to be totally confused,” University of Michigan School of Public Health epidemiologist Arnold Monto told The Washington Post.

”Making matters worse, it can be difficult for even doctors to reliably tell the difference between the flu and the coronavirus due to their many overlapping symptoms. 

Thankfully, the CDC has weighed in on the matter, and clarified that there are at least two COVID-19 symptoms that are definitely not shared with the flu: 

  • loss of smell; and 
  • shortness of breath.

To be clear: If you have fever, fatigue, aches, and gastrointestinal issues such as abdominal pains or diarrhea, it is possible that you could have the flu. 

If you have any of those and the loss of smell or a shortness of breath, it raises your chances that you have COVID-19.

It’s worth noting that a shortness of breath indicates a severe respiratory issue that might need supplemental oxygen therapy and even a ventilator. 

But remember: While these two symptoms may help you distinguish between COVID-19 and the flu, they might not be enough for a definitive diagnosis. 

And for a complete list of the signs of COVID you should know about, see this list of the 98 Longest-Lasting COVID Symptoms.

The Centre for Disease Control state:-

People at High-Risk from Severe Illness


Both COVID-19 and flu illness can result in severe illness and complications. Those at highest risk include:

  • Older adults
  • People with certain underlying medical conditions
  • Pregnant people


The risk of complications for healthy children is higher for flu compared to COVID-19.


Well I hope that has cleared it all up for you!

It seems the Autumn is when we undergo the “2nd wave of waffle” – this article left me with more questions than it answered.

If it is difficult for even doctors to reliably tell the difference between the flu and the coronavirus due to their many overlapping symptoms what hope have we of working it out – perhaps we are not supposed to, perhaps it has always been intentional to combine the two?

One thought I will leave you with is that when I get a cold and bunged up sinuses I suffer from a loss of smell, taste and have difficulty breathing.





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