Flu and COVID: ‘Testing Will Become Very Important’

Updated July 30, 2020

Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, is quoted in stories on how New York State is preparing for the flu season in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Russo said many unknowns remain regarding how patients may be affected if they get both the flu and the novel coronavirus at once. “There’s a lot of unknowns here,” he said. “It certainly makes sense that you would want to avoid getting influenza infection while the new coronavirus is circulating around.”