The Spanish region of Catalonia has identified the first cases of flurone, the name by which the simultaneous infection of flu and covid is known, and 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 this Monday 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 there can be a coexistence of two pathogens in a body, explained the doctor, although she insisted that they have not been observed to be more serious cases.
What does concern Craywinckel is the “saturation” of the health system due to covid cases, which translates into a constant increase in hospitalized patients and those treated in intensive care units (ucis), as well as mortality.
“I don’t know if the peak (of infections) will be in a week, two or three, but we have not arrived and this worries us; we still have days of income and critics ”, he warned.
Spain is suffering a sixth wave of especially virulent coronavirus, with an average incidence of 1,775 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, according to the latest national data, published last Thursday, and which will be updated this Monday, after the celebrations of New Year.
The most seriously ill patients exceed 19% of the beds in the ucis, with the most worrying situation in Catalonia, where they are more than 37%.