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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Mix of virtual and in-person classes help business owners hone skills

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Starved Rock Country Alliance will offer multiple classes for business skills training this fall.

Most of the center’s education is offered virtually, although there are some in-person classes available in October.

Their first fall event, which focuses on e-commerce, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept.10.

Next on the schedule is a class about building credit, which begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 16, followed by a class at noon about starting a business in Illinois. A session about grant application preparation begins at 2 p.m. The trio of courses will be repeated in the same time slots on Sept. 30.

Another class about starting a business in Illinois will take place a 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Illinois Valley Community College’s Ottawa Center, 321 Main St., Ottawa. This will be an in-person session.

A course to teach current and prospective

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