Coronavirus may cause a milder flu season in Arizona

 

By  Griselda Zetino | KTAR

Arizona could experience a milder flu season but only if people continue to practice some of the same healthy habits to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“In those areas that do tend to wear masks out in public and get flu vaccines and do all the things that public health officials tell us are important to do, I think we’ll see dramatically decreased influenza in those cases,” Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious disease expert with the Mayo Clinic, said during a press conference Friday.

Poland said people who wear a face mask, practice good hand hygiene and avoid large crowds as a way to protect themselves from getting COVID-19 are inadvertently also protecting themselves from the flu.

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