As the public and public health communities brace for a possible wintertime resurgence of COVID-19, State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) is hosting an informational webinar for district residents.
The webinar will feature a dialogue between Rep. Mazzochi and doctors from AMITA Health in Hinsdale who will discuss what you need to be aware of and precautions to take as flu season ramps up. Rep. Mazzochi, as a scientist who has been monitoring the progress of the possible COVID-19 vaccines, will also give an update on the latest clinical trial data.
“The Flu and COVID-19 present with similar symptoms,” Rep Mazzochi explained. “It is important that people take both seriously this year.” Influenza is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States annually. From October 2019 to April 4, 2020, the US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control estimates there were as many as 56 million flu illnesses, 740,000 hospitalizations and up to 62,000 deaths from the flu. According to the World Health Organization, because of COVID-19, it is especially important to get a flu shot this year because they can be difficult to distinguish from one another and the need to keep hospital capacity available for a potential fall surge in COVID.
“We know so much more about the coronavirus today than we did even earlier this summer when I spoke with the University of Chicago to update residents,” Rep. Mazzochi continued. “This will be highly informative for residents concerned about what the changing seasons will mean for the COVID’s spread.”
Previously, Mazzochi hosted a webinar with doctors from the University of Chicago at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 who gave a presentation on the latest treatments and advancements. That webinar is available for viewing at Rep. Mazzochi.com.
Mazzochi will host the webinar Thursday, October 15th from 4-5 p.m. Interested viewers can register for the Zoom webinar here. It will also be live-streamed on her Facebook page: Facebook.com/illinoishouse47. Rep. Mazzochi will be accepting questions during the webinar, but participants are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time by email to Mazzochi@ilhousegop.org.