What does Twindemic mean?

Two pandemics happening at the same time

The slang term ‘Twindemic’ has been making its rounds in the media and health circles recently, especially with the rise of flurona cases in the early part of 2022. It’s a term that’s used to describe a situation where two pandemics are happening at the same time. It’s not exclusive to any specific disease and can be applied to any dual pandemic situation.

In 2022, however, the term ‘twindemic’ was used in a more specific context. It was referring to the possibility of a flu pandemic happening in the middle of the ongoing covid pandemic. This was a real concern because in 2021, flu cases were relatively low but made a strong comeback in 2022, potentially due to fewer covid-related lockdowns in various countries.

With the flu making a strong return, hospitals that were already strained due to the covid pandemic began to see an influx of flu patients as well. This double blow led to discussions on news platforms and social media about the potential dangers of having two pandemics, a flu and covid, happening at the same time, hence a ‘twindemic’.

Example for using ‘Twindemic’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard of the term ‘Twindemic’? πŸ€”

No, what does it mean? πŸ€”

‘Twindemic’ refers to a dual pandemic. It’s when two pandemics happen at the same time. 😷🀧

Oh, like COVID and the flu together? πŸ€”