People who received the flu vaccine in the year before testing positive for COVID-19 are nearly 2.5 times less likely to be hospitalized with a severe form of the disease than those who were not vaccinated, an analysis published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found. Why the vaccination might benefit COVID-19 patients remains unclear. One theory: It could prevent progression to severe forms by “priming” the immune system against any virus. In addition, those vaccinated against the flu within a year of being diagnosed with COVID-19 were more than three times less likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit because of the new coronavirus, according to researchers at the University of Florida. Read more.