Researchers have carried out a study which looked at disease severity and death data from adults who had been hospitalised with COVID-19 in the UK between 6 February 2020 and 8 December 2021, to investigate whether being co-infected with COVID-19 and flu carries a greater risk of death compared with having COVID-19 alone or having COVID-19 and another non-flu virus.
This study, which had data from more than 305,000 hospitalised patients, has been done as part of the ISARIC consortium (International Severe Acute Respiratory and emerging Infection Consortium’s Coronavirus Clinical Characterisation Consortium) and has been published as a Correspondence article in The Lancet.
Journalists dialled in to this briefing to ask their questions of the scientists who carried out the research and to hear the scientists discuss aspects such as:
Prof Kenneth Baillie, Professor of Experimental Medicine, University of Edinburgh
Prof Calum Semple, Professor of Outbreak Medicine and Child Health, University of Liverpool
Dr Maaike Swets, Infectious Disease Department, Leiden University Medical Centre
Dr Geert Groeneveld, Infectious Disease Specialist, Leiden University Medical Centre