Hawaii’s new Health Director Libby Char is urging the public to remain vigilant during the upcoming flu season that health experts predict could be the worst in years due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community.
In her most challenging role to date, Char, an emergency physician who previously served as the state EMS district medical director for Oahu, joined the Department of Health on Sept. 16, ahead of a potential third wave of coronavirus infections that could be even more devastating with influenza in the mix.
Throughout the nation, health experts are worried the collision of the two potentially deadly viruses might result in a surge in hospitalizations and mortality. Getting a flu shot is even more critical this year to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed with both flu and COVID-19 patients, she said.
“What I’m hearing is this year is going to be a particularly bad flu