Double threat of COVID-19 and influenza
At the time of publication, it looks like the second wave of COVID-19 is well underway in Europe. The weekly tally of new cases has been steadily rising for more than 2 months, but the past few weeks have seen accelerated transmission. Cases have also been trending upwards in the USA. Oct 14, 2020, saw the nation register the highest number of new cases of COVID-19 since Aug 7. In general, countries are much better prepared than they were when severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) first exploded onto the scene. But October also marks the beginning of the flu season in the northern hemisphere. If both viruses surge simultaneously, even the best resourced health-care systems would be hard pressed to cope.