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Expect rise in patients with both flu and COVID-19, warns top expert

By Qiu Quanlin in Guangzhou | | Updated: 2020-11-29 14:28
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A health worker takes a swab sample from a resident for COVID-19 test in Kashgar, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Nov 1, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

With the arrival of the flu season, more patients will be infected with both the influenza and the novel coronavirus in the near future, said a leading respiratory disease expert.

"We need faster and more efficient testing technologies and facilities to detect the virus – the flu or the COVID-19," said Zhong Nanshan, a prominent respiratory disease expert, during a health science and technology innovation conference in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, on Friday.

There have already been reports of four cases infected with both the influenza A (H1 and H3) and the COVID-19 viruses, according to Zhong.

"Wearing masks is still of great importance to fight against both the influenza A and the novel coronavirus," said Zhong.

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