As Australians collectively emerge from nearly two years of isolation, immunity against flu and cold is being called into question as there may be yet another threat to consider.
A virus called the “super cold” has reportedly been spreading significantly within the community. With COVID-19 like symptoms, those afflicted have been rendered unwell and confused about whether or not they have or are developing COVID-19.
Thousands of people are reporting symptoms of body aches, general fatigue, sore throat, cough and runny nose – each synonymous with COVID-19 but without the positive test results. People with the dubbed “super cold” typically won’t lose their taste or smell like they might with a COVID diagnosis.
Anyone who is confused about the cause of their symptoms is encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.
Relaxed mask rules, apparent widespread disregard for recommended social distancing, less focus on hand hygiene, as well as an influx of travellers, are likely to present challenges for COVID-19 and flu infections this year.
With flu season approaching, we want to strongly encourage everyone to ensure they are up to date with vaccinations for both COVID-19 and flu.
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