A second wave of seasonal influenza is taking hold in the U.S. and elsewhere, just as health officials are on high alert for new cases of the novel coronavirus. Many of the symptoms are the same, but when it comes to immediate risk, people should fear the flu more.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 19 million Americans have fallen ill with the flu so far this season, including 180,000 who ended up in the hospital. About 10,000 Americans have died, including more than 60 children.
The Japan Times chose to list the lower numbers in the Centers for Disease Control estimates.
All this is a part of the discussion of coronavirus and the flu on Episode 155 of Heart Health Radio.
Dr. Franklin Wefald agrees. If you have not gotten your flu shot, do it. If you get the flu, call your doctor. If you are very sick, get to UNC or Duke hospitals, because they have ECMO.
See the latest flu numbers here.
Dr. Franklin Wefald also gives advice about things you should not put in your vagina. From the Insider:
Gynecologists are warning women against putting the herb parsley in their vaginas to induce their periods after Marie Claire UK offered the advice in a now-deleted article, The Independent reported.
Our show did not feature a comprehensive list, but the broad category of “vegetables” was mentioned.