The “Demic” Team.

Every problem has a solution even if the solution is a problem.

The year 2020 is going. Humanity lives the year of the comet and the plague. With a curious novelty. A very familiar word for all us, epidemic, is now ridiculed by its older relative. The powerful pandemic. They coexist with a third term associated with complex problems: syndemic. They would form part of the dangerous “Demic” Team. Epidemic, pandemic, and syndemic.

SARS CoV-2 and influenza virus. Photo on CDC

What is a syndemic?

Is COVID-19 a syndemic?

It could be interesting to explain if two severe infectious diseases are syndemic. Seasonal flu and pandemic COVID-19, each with its accompanying circumstances, for example.

Every Fall Flu.

Seasonal flu. Photo on CDC

Most recent, deadly, and historic flu pandemics hardly respected seasonality. It seems that the current one for coronavirus walks in the same way.

The only thing predictable about flu is that it is unpredictable.

And the new coronavirus pandemic came.

People were supporting health care workers in Spain (May 2020). Photo by AP Photos on Houston Chronicle.

The solution (prevention) is in the hands of civil society.

Preventing, not regretting.

In science, as in research, haste is a wrong travel companion

Effectiveness of Seasonal Flu Vaccines. Photo on CDC.

Need to to do a general flu vaccination in the current season.



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Agustín Muñoz-Sanz

Medical Doctor (Infectious Diseases specialist/Professor of Medicine) and writer (narrative, theater).