State Health Secretary says she’s nervous about the impacts of COVID-19 during flu season

Written by on October 1, 2020

State Health Secretary says she’s nervous about the impacts of COVID-19 during flu season

By Gabi Falk, WLVR News Lehigh University Intern

October 1, 2020

New COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Pennsylvania. The state health department announced Wednesday that there were more than 1,150 confirmed cases bringing the statewide total to nearly 159,000. Nearly 20 new deaths were reported. 

State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says she is nervous about the impacts of COVID-19 in the fall and winter seasons. 

“We’re going to have COVID-19 and our usual flu season, and that is a potentially very serious issue. No one knows what happens if you get COVID-19 and influenza at the same time.”

Levine says, cold weather and less humidity in the air impacts the spread of respiratory viruses and could cause a spike in COVID cases across the US and in the Commonwealth. 

She also stressed the importance of getting a flu shot this year.

To date, there have been more than 8,100 deaths attributed to the coronavirus in Pennsylvania. 

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