Flu and Covid-19 may combine to form a lethal winter enemy

The toll from coronavirus, combined with seasonal flu, could be major

Health care workers use a nasal swab to test a person for COVID-19 at a pop up testing site in Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Eilish O'Regan

So, what happens when flu meets Covid-19 in Ireland this autumn and winter? It is a chilling prospect - a double whammy of killer infections with the potential to increase our death rates.