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Flu News Friday 9/18/20

September 18, 2020

Figure 3. of Sun et al., 2020. “Schematic diagram of immune responses activated by different types of potential universal influenza vaccines.”

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Burden estimates for the 2019–2020 flu season: 39,000,000–56,000,000 flu illnesses, 18,000,000–26,000,000 flu medical visits, 410,000–740,000 flu hospitalizations, and 24,000–62,000 flu deaths.

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1. Progress in the Development of Universal Influenza Vaccines
Sun et al., Viruses / September 17, 2020

2. Want to minimise the impact of COVID-19? Get a flu shot
Bruce Gellin, World Economic Forum / September 17, 2020

3. What happens if you catch flu and COVID-19 at the same time?
Sarah Elizabeth Richards, National Geographic / September 15, 2020

4. How Flu Shots Can Help in the Fight Against Covid-19
Jane E. Brody, The New York Times / September 14, 2020

5. Flu may increase the spread of Covid-19
Max Planck Society / September 14, 2020

6. Tedros Adhanom on why vaccine nationalism harms efforts to halt the pandemic
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, The Economist / September 8, 2020

7. Podcast: Why is a Universal Flu Vaccine So Difficult to Develop?
BrainStuff / September 4, 2020

8. Pandemic-proofing the planet
The Economist / July 25, 2020

9. Immunophenotyping of COVID-19 and influenza highlights the role of type I interferons in development of severe COVID-19
Lee et al., Science Immunology / July 10, 2020