• By Joel Streed

12-17-2021 Media Only News Briefing: Flu season has arrived as COVID-19 surge continues

December 17, 2021

On Friday, December 17th, Abinash Virk, M.D., a Mayo Clinic infectious disease expert and Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D., director of Mayo Clinic’s Clinical Virology Laboratory, discussed this years flu season. They also accressed how people can tell the difference between COVID-19 and the flu and why getting tested is going to be especially important this winter.

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