Both the flu and COVID are respiratory illnesses, which can make them difficult to distinguish. If you're feeling sick, the only way you will be able to tell the difference is by getting tested for COVID-19.
This year the flu was down 99%. October through May is pretty much what we consider flu season and if there is one silver lining in this whole COVID chapter it is that we basically did not have a flu season this year. New Jersey epidemiologists have been tossing the suggestion out there of wearing masks going forward for every flu season even after COVID is in the rear view mirror.
The Ocean County Health Department is now urging everyone to do their part to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu and COVID-19 at the same time by getting a flu shot, remaining socially distant in public and wearing a mask as we head into the fall.