Dr. Aubree Gordon Discusses Upcoming Influenza Season and COVID-19

Dr. Aubree Gordon, an investigator with St. Jude CEIRS (SJCEIRS), was interviewed by WebMD Health News as part of an article their recent article on how the upcoming influenza season could impact COVID-19 in the United States. The article describes how, if proper COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing and wearing masks are followed, the US could see fewer cases of influenza this year. However, as Dr. Gordon notes, if precautions are not followed influenza’s impact on the immune system could leave people more vulnerable to COVID-19, placing an increased strain on hospitals. People who have influenza may also think their symptoms are due to COVID-19 and will want to get tested, which could lead to testing shortages. To protect their health, Dr. Gordon encourages everyone to get their influenza vaccine as soon as it is available. Dr. Gordon is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. The WebMD piece can be read in full here.