A preprint* by Geismar et al., (2022), found that respiratory viruses** like the flu, RSV, or the common cold, that were suppressed by the lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic have started to circulate alongside COVID-19. This study found that the symptoms of these illnesses are growing more similar. This is problematic on multiple levels because its making it increasingly difficult to track the symptoms of a disease in a population without getting a clear cut diagnosis. Something that’s only getting harder to get as testing becomes less common, as we throw off the shackles of the pandemic.
This information was based on 2 household community cohort studies which compared data collected on
✔ Influenza (the flu)
✔ Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
✔ Rhinovirus (common cause of a cold)
✔ Seasonal coronavirus, and