Do you have COVID-19 questions? Our scientists have answers.

If someone has a cold or the flu, can he/she still become infected with COVID-19?

Yes, you can be infected with multiple viruses at once, this is called co-infection. It is currently unknown how common co-infection is with COVID-19. COVID-19 virus, the virus that causes the flu, and viruses that cause the common cold are all different viruses and there are clinical tests that can differentiate between them.

References

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/6/20-0299_article https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.29.20027698v2https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.12.20022327v2.full.pdf+html

Drafted 20 March 2020

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