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.
WELCOME TO THE CRAZY NEW WORLD OF THE “TWINDEMIC”!
I fell into politics quite by accident in 2014 and all because my local County Council brought in a policy switching off street lighting overnight my elderly neighbours felt vulnerable – this spurred me into action and the Right to Light Campaign was born.
I started the Right to Light Petition which garnered over 11,000 signatures enough to trigger a debate at Kent County Council. I delivered a speech in front of 88 Councillors and journalists but they refused to listen to the people and kept the lights off.
I worked closely with a local journalist who followed the campaign from start to finish, publishing articles on an almost weekly basis.
Word spread about the campaign and the Council’s refusal to listen – my phone became a hotline, I was invited onto BBC Breakfast and live radio something I would never have contemplated happening in a million years. Following a fierce 2 year battle and against all the odds streetlighting was restored throughout Kent.
Spurred on by success and having witnessed how badly represented people were at local level I joined UKIP standing as a candidate in Borough and County elections narrowly missing out on a seat by 22 votes on one occasion.
The run-up to the EU Referendum was an exciting time I joined the Grassroots Out Campaign and ran weekly street stalls delivering thousands of leaflets and meeting hundreds of people including Nigel Farage and Gerard Batten. I loved the buzz and the fun was infectious. I have been hooked ever since.
I became a prolific poster on Facebook building up relationships in many groups, I was approached by the owner of a Website/FB page called Fortis est Veritas asking if I would like to write articles to post on his platform. I have to date written 22 articles and really enjoy documenting the twists and turns of Brexit a very exciting time – we are writing history and it is essential that is fully documented.
I am very excited to now be given the opportunity to join the UNN family as a Political Analyst – the next chapter in a very exciting 5 years of my life.