Mayo Clinic hosts ‘twindemic’ virtual meeting

Mayo Clinic hosts ‘twindemic’ virtual meeting

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KEYC) — The Mayo Clinic in Rochester hosted a virtual meeting Friday on the ‘twindemic.’

The meeting’s main point: how we can all do our part to prepare for both flu season and the ongoing pandemic.

“Worn properly I should say, let me just demonstrate. This is not wearing a mask, this is closer to what wearing a mask is. The reason for that is that the receptors, the A-2 receptors that the virus needs to get into our cells actually have a higher density in the nasopharyngeal epithelial then does the trachea. Which is why, where do we swab, up the nose," explained Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert at the Mayo Clinic.

Health experts say the symptoms for both of these illnesses are almost identical, except for the loss of taste and smell that aligns with COVID-19.

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