The flu could send our health care system into overdrive this winter. This drug offers some hope.

A study published in the July 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that the anti-influenza drug baloxavir marboxil significantly reduced transmission of influenza among people living in the same house.

The news comes just in time for the 2020-2021 flu season, which threatens to coincide with a new upswing of Covid-19 infections in countries this fall and winter. The confluence of these two viruses could overwhelm already strained medical resources and complicate testing procedures, particularly given that the illnesses they lead to have remarkably similar symptoms.

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Originally published on CNN (August 1, 2020)

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