The Winter Twindemic: Flu And COVID : Short Wave The U.S. is approaching 800,000 COVID-19 deaths as the Omicron variant spreads and the Delta variant continues to circulate. Hospital admissions are up more than 20 percent over the last two weeks. But — as NPR health correspondent Allison Aubrey tells Emily — there's new survey data pointing to relaxed attitudes across the country, even amid the surges. Allison explains what all of this means for the coming weeks — especially with flu season getting started.

The Winter Twindemic: Flu And COVID

The Winter Twindemic: Flu And COVID

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For now, a person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID two weeks after receiving the second dose of an mRNA vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. But some health experts think that definition should be updated to include a booster shot. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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For now, a person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID two weeks after receiving the second dose of an mRNA vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. But some health experts think that definition should be updated to include a booster shot.

JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. is approaching 800,000 COVID-19 deaths as the Omicron variant spreads and the Delta variant continues to circulate. Hospital admissions are up more than 20 percent over the last two weeks. But — as NPR health correspondent Allison Aubrey tells Emily — there's new survey data pointing to relaxed attitudes across the country, even amid the surges. Allison explains what all of this means for the coming weeks — especially with flu season getting started.

This episode was edited by Jane Greenhalgh and Gisele Grayson, produced by Rebecca Ramirez and fact-checked by Indi Khera. Stu Rushfield was the audio engineer.