Flu Season Looms And Scientists Wonder How Flu And COVID-19 Might Mix

With the annual flu season about to start, it’s still unclear exactly how influenza will interact with COVID-19 if a person has both viruses.

Doctors around the world have seen some patients who tested positive for both the influenza virus and the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. At least a couple dozen cases have been reported—although that’s not a lot, considering that over 26 million people have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Still, “it is quite possible and likely that the two viruses could infect a patient at the same time, or for that matter sequentially: one month, one virus, and the next month, the other virus,” says Michael Matthay, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Both viruses can cause dangerous inflammation in the lungs that can fill the airspaces with fluid, making it difficult to breathe, he notes.

“It’s likely with

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Ontario school boards lose 20% of education directors as daunting pandemic year looms



a person sitting at a table in a room: As school boards head into a challenging year, a significant amount will coincidentally have new leaders to guide them through it, in boards big (Toronto District, York Catholic) and small (Wellington Catholic, Trillium Lakelands).


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As school boards head into a challenging year, a significant amount will coincidentally have new leaders to guide them through it, in boards big (Toronto District, York Catholic) and small (Wellington Catholic, Trillium Lakelands).

Heading into a school year as unpredictable as this one, you would think school boards and their leadership would want as much stability as they can get.

Yet a significant portion of Ontario’s education directors are leaving, either having retired this summer or will retire this school year. This includes 14 of the province’s 72 education directors in publicly funded school boards, about 20 per cent of all directors.

Departures range from heads of big boards (like Toronto District, Toronto Catholic, Ottawa Catholic, York Catholic) to smaller ones (Simcoe Muskoka Catholic, Wellington Catholic, Limestone District, Bluewater District).

“The number is large relative to a typical year,” said Tony Pontes, a former

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