Experts warn that Britain should prepare for a ‘early’ flu outbreak that may kill 60,000 people.
Following an increase in cases overseas, the UK has been warned to prepare for an early start to the flu season, which may kill more than 60,000 Britons.
The combination of influenza and coronavirus has sparked predictions that the UK would be hit by a “twindemic” this winter, killing up to 60,000 people. Researchers have now warned that a spike in cases in Croatia could lead to an early infection breakout in the United Kingdom. According to the most recent reports, seasonal flu cases are gradually increasing.
Following a spike in cases overseas, an expert has warned that the UK is primed for a flu outbreak.
Doctor John McCauley, a flu expert at the Francis Crick Institute in London, said that cases had risen dramatically in Croatia, India, and China, posing a threat to the rest of Europe.
Flu epidemics in China could swiftly spread to the United Kingdom and other countries, according to doctor McCauley.
“We’ll be able to tell if what we’re witnessing today is sustained over the next several weekends,” he told Mailonline. If that’s the case, we could be in for an early flu season.
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“Flu has been present in China since January, though at lower levels than two years ago.
“There has been flu in India as well, but it’s difficult to say how widespread it is in such a huge country.”
The current coronavirus pandemic could clash with the seasonal influenza outbreak this year, according to Doctor Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency.
Experts have cautioned that a year of social limitations, such as mask-wearing, social isolation, and remote work, has weakened the immune system’s ability to fight the flu.
Furthermore, these societal constraints were responsible for a significant drop in the number of flu cases reported in the UK last winter.
This has fueled concerns that rogue infections and decreasing immunity might kill as many as 60,000 Britons this year.
The confluent viruses may potentially pose a threat to the NHS, which is already overburdened.
Professor Francois Balloux, a geneticist at University College London, believes it is feasible for flu cases to spread.