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Here's How Having COVID-19 and the Flu at the Same Time Can Affect Your Body

Here's How Having COVID-19 and the Flu at the Same Time, Can Affect Your Body. Scientists refer to this double infection as the "twin-demic," saying that it is "certainly" possible to get both. Doctors say that getting both viruses at the same time "could be catastrophic to your immune system." . In addition, "the two (viruses) together definitely could be more injurious to the lungs and cause more respiratory failure.". Acute respiratory failure can be a life-threatening emergency. Respiratory failure may cause damage to your lungs and other organs, so it is important to get treated quickly, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, via CNN. Scientists also say that getting one virus likely makes a person more susceptible "to getting a second infection on top of that." . A professor of medicine at UC San Francisco says that a simultaneous infection "would increase the risk of longer-term effects of any of those organ systems.". In order to avoid this "twin-demic," health experts recommend getting a flu shot