Important to know: What if Covid-19 and H3N2 get infected together? how severe the symptoms can be
As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, there is limited information available on the simultaneous infection of COVID-19 (caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus) and H3N2 (a subtype of the influenza A virus). It is important to note that viruses can interact in complex ways, and the outcome of a dual infection can vary.
If someone were to be infected with both viruses simultaneously, it could potentially lead to more severe symptoms and complications compared to being infected with either virus alone. Both COVID-19 and H3N2 can cause respiratory illnesses, and their combined impact on the respiratory system could potentially increase the risk of severe respiratory distress.
Individuals who have pre-existing health conditions, weakened immune systems, or are in high-risk groups may be particularly susceptible to experiencing severe symptoms if infected with multiple viruses.
It is crucial to follow public health guidelines, practice good hygiene, maintain social distancing, and get vaccinated against both COVID-19 and influenza (including the H3N2 strain, if recommended by health authorities). Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself against these viruses and potentially reduce the severity of symptoms if infection occurs.
Please note that scientific understanding and recommendations may have evolved since my knowledge cutoff, so it's important to consult reliable sources and stay updated on the latest information from reputable health organizations regarding dual viral infections.