The wet months are here (and possibly, La Nina) and with it, flu season. The coronavirus pandemic makes it more important, even life-saving, for you to avoid getting the sniffles, according to an immunologist.
Getting cough and colds after getting wet in the rains or wading in flood waters could weaken the immune system, making it easier to catch a virus, COVID-19 included, according to Nina Gloriani, a microbiologist who is leading the Philippines’ search for a novel coronavirus vaccine.
“Assuming that your fever or cough is not COVID. Your resistance goes down when you have an infection,” Gloriani told reportr. “There’s the possibility that you can get more open to more infections of COVID.”
Should one get fever and cough during the rainy season, the only way to tell if it’s the dreaded cornavirus or the seasonal bug is to get tested, she said.
Gloriani earlier told reportr that a COVID-19 vaccine couldn’t be available this year given the present timeline of a six-month local test, if it were to start in September or October.