A New Hampshire man is recovering from simultaneous cases of the flu and COVID-19.
Todd Tracy said he began experiencing blinding headaches, body aches, fever and chills early last week. After a negative at-home COVID-19 test, he went to urgent care, where he was tested for both COVID-19 and the flu.
Both came back positive, which he said was a shock to him and to the doctor.
"She said it can happen," Tracy said. "She was very surprised to see the result, because she said she saw a lot of people every single day for many, many months with COVID happening, and she has not seen a case like this yet."
Medical researchers say there have been people infected with COVID-19 and influenza at the same time since the pandemic began. It wasn't much of a problem last winter because the flu was kept in check by people wearing masks and not getting together as much.
Experts said having both illnesses at the same time doesn't necessarily mean that someone will get extremely sick. An immune response to one virus could help the body fight off the other virus, but more research is being done.
Tracy said he was vaccinated for COVID-19, but he had not yet received a booster and never got the flu shot, both decisions he regrets.