Google searches for flu season spike

ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses how the U.S. and other nations are faring with influenza and how to differentiate COVID-19 from allergies.
2:03 | 09/18/20

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We're going to turn to our "Gma" cover story as we head into flu season. Google is reporting a huge uptick in searches for the flu and allergies, of course, all of this coming in the middle of this pandemic. Dr. Jennifer Ashton is joining us live with everything. You have good news you want to share with us. We all need some of that this morning. Oh, 100%, Cecilia. You know how every year we look to other parts of the world to give us some clues as to what we might expect in our flu season. So if you take a look at this map of the world, they are reporting lower flu rates in Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia, obviously that is good news when you look at the U.S., spring 2019 to spring 2020, we saw a 17% drop in flu, common sense to connect the dots on this one, that likely this has to do with all the anti-covid measures and obviously quarantine, as well. Yeah, but we'll take a little bit of -- a sliver of good news, whatever you have for us. So appreciate that. We're on the lookout for symptoms because we're in the middle of the pandemic and a lot are feeling allergies come on. Can you help us determine -- understand the difference? You got covid symptoms and the flew and you've got allergies. What's what? Well, some mini med school. First of all, when in doubt, check it out. If you don't get seasonal allergies and you start having upper respiratory symptoms, sure that, could be covid. It could be a common cold. It could be inflew ens the key difference is really fever. You don't see fever with seasonal allergies. But a lot of times you don't see fever with covid either. So, again, testing will be important. Know yourself and be in communication with your health care provider and, Cecilia, we say it all the time. This year it bears repeating, it is more important than ever to get that influenza vaccine. You want to try to lower that risk as much as possible. Get the flu shot. Can't say it enough. Dr. Ashton. Thank you so much, my friend.

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