In a Senate hearing Tuesday, NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top health officials are expected to warn of a “tremendous burden” that the US health care system will face this fall if COVID-19 and the flu are circulating at the same time.
Here’s more from ABC News from the Dr.’s prepared statement:
“While it remains unclear how long the pandemic will last, COVID-19 activity will likely continue for some time,” the prepared statement said. “It is also unclear what impact the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will have on health care and public health systems during the upcoming influenza season. If there is COVID-19 and flu activity at the same time, this could place a tremendous burden on the health care system related to bed occupancy, laboratory testing needs, personal protective equipment and health care worker safety.”