Solano County Public Health confirms first case of flu and COVID-19 co-infection

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SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — A Solano County resident under the age of 65 has tested positive for the first case of flu and COVID-19 co-infection, according to the county’s Department of Health and Social Services.

Solano County Health Officer Dr. Bela Matyas described the co-infected person as a younger, healthy adult who has not had a flu shot.  

The person is currently in quarantine as the county continues contact tracing.

“With the likelihood of both COVID-19 and seasonal flu activity this winter, contracting either disease may weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to the other disease,” Dr. Matyas said.

Solano County Public Health is urging everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine.

Symptoms of the flu can be like early symptoms of COVID-19, meaning people with flu symptoms may require a COVID-19 test and need to stay home from work and isolate while awaiting their results. It is also important to note that flu is not COVID-19, which is caused by a different virus, and that the flu is not the same as the common cold, which is also caused by different viruses.

Dr. Bela T. Matyas, Solano County Health Officer

Dr. Matyas agrees that the fall COVID-19 surge combined with a potentially severe flu season could be devastating.

“During flu season, our hospitals are often full with patients who need care and they’ve been heavily impacted by COVID,” Matyas said. “The combination of the two is going to potentially put a significant strain on our hospitals, but more importantly, it’s going to put people at risk of having a higher level of care and potentially dying.”

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