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Explainer: Are we facing a 'twindemic' of Covid-19 and flu this winter?

Two respiratory viruses with similar symptoms could be circulating at the same time

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The HSE has ordered 1.4 million doses of the flu jab for adults.  Stock picture

The HSE has ordered 1.4 million doses of the flu jab for adults. Stock picture

The HSE has ordered 1.4 million doses of the flu jab for adults. Stock picture

It’s the ultimate nightmare - a major outbreak of flu in the months ahead as we also struggle with a potential resurgence of Covid-19.

This is the great unknown that awaits us, along with trying to figure out which patients have flu or Covid-19, as the symptoms are similar.

So, when will the flu vaccine arrive and what can we expect if we suspect we have caught either or both viruses?