Israel detected its first case of “flurone”, a simultaneous contagion of covid-19 and influenza viruses. The
The local Health Ministry said that the woman was discharged on December 30 after being treated for mild symptoms derived from this double infection, added the digital Times of Israel.
Flurona cases were first detected in the United States in 2020. In addition, the circulation of flu viruses and Covid-19 at the same time is a concern due to the high risk for the population, especially vulnerable, since the two diseases affect the upper respiratory system, experts warn.
What is Flurona
According to publications from specialized sites, it is called Flurona because of the combination of the names of the viruses in English (“Flu” and “Coronavirus”). That is, Flurone is a simultaneous infection of influenza type A or B and the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
If a person has Flurone, then they are infected with covid-19 and flu at the same time.
According to a report made on the official website of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) on flurone, both diseases – coronavirus and flu, or influenza – are contagious respiratory diseases, but they are caused by different viruses. This destroys the possibility of thinking of this combination of conditions as a new variant of covid-19.
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The coronavirus appears to spread more easily than the flu, the CDC reported. “However, as more people are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the spread of the virus that causes it should decrease,” they note.
How many cases are there of Flurone
In addition to the case of Israel, this Monday, January 3, Spain detected the first cases, which would be the first detected in the country, although they are few and do not present a more serious evolution than contagion only with coronavirus.
“We have the odd case, but without representing a difference with respect to the others; they are few, they are anecdotal and they have no more relevance ”, explained the director of the Catalan Health Service, Gemma Craywinckel, at a press conference.
Although it is not the most frequent, at a time of high virus circulation a coexistence of two pathogens can occur in one bodyexplained the doctor, although she insisted that they have not been observed to be more serious cases. In addition, some studies estimate that 3% of those positive for Covid also coexist with another viral infection, including the flu, but there is no certainty.
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How can flu symptoms be distinguished from coronavirus symptoms?
According to publications from Infobae, the Country Y elmundo.es, the flu starts out strong, with a high fever and at least one systemic symptom (eg, fatigue, muscle aches) and one respiratory symptom (such as cough, stuffy nose).
The symptoms of covid-19 are more varied, but in any case, they all overlap with seasonal disorders. With the omicron variant, symptoms appear milder, at least among the vaccinated population, and sore throats, colds, and runny noses prevail. The loss of taste and smell, characteristic of the first waves of the coronavirus, seems less today.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is possible to get covid-19 and flu at the same time. What’s more, Both viruses share similar symptoms, such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, headache, and fatigue.
How to distinguish flu from covid-19?
According to specialized publications, it is not possible to distinguish covid-19 from influenza and the only sure way to make a differential diagnosis is to perform a swab.
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Does the simultaneous flu and coronavirus make the disease more serious?
It is currently unclear whether double infection can cause more serious illness and how the two viral agents interact with each other. However, it is likely that a co-infection in a vulnerable patient may present a more complex picture and may present more delicate respiratory problems.
Can you protect yourself from double infection?
To limit the risk of co-infection as much as possible, the flu and Covid vaccine is recommended. It is not an absolute guarantee that you will not get viral infections, but it is a way to mitigate the risk of serious illness.