Is it pos­si­ble to have the flu and a cold at the same time? Is it pos­si­ble

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Q & A -

Flu and com­mon colds are caused by dif­fer­ent fam­i­lies of viruses, so it’s pos­si­ble to have both in your body at the same time. But a lot of your im­mune re­sponse to one virus also makes con­di­tions in­hos­pitable for any other virus, so it is less likely that a sec­ond in­fec­tion will take hold while you are fight­ing the first. This so-called an­tivi­ral state doesn’t pro­tect you against bac­te­rial in­fec­tions though. A lot of the deaths from flu are ac­tu­ally due to sec­ondary bac­te­rial pneu­mo­nia in­fec­tions that can take hold

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