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What is Fluorona? Everything you need to know about the COVID-flu combo

‘Fluorona’ means when a person is infected with both flu and COVID-19 at the same time

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There’s Another Epidemic Word To Be Aware Of, But Don’t Worry Is “Flurona” No another type.

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As 2021 ended, doctors at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, Israel, confirmed that a man had contracted both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. A 29-year-old pregnant woman tested positive for COVID-19 on December 23, 2021. Six days later she also tested positive for influenza type A, a strain of flu. He was admitted to the hospital and released after recovery. More cases of the virus combo have been confirmed in other countries.

While medical experts say co-infections are rare, they are concerned about how cases of the virus combo will affect an already cumbersome health care system.

Here’s what we know about “Fluorona” so far.

What is this?

“Fluorona” means when a person is infected with both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

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The term originated from the Israeli Association of Public Health Physicians. In December 2020, the association published an article on vaccination rates for flu shots and used “fluorona” to describe “the potential for parallel outbreaks of influenza and COVID, and the resulting burden on the health system”, Yitzah Cohen said. Said, from the Corona Israel Information Headquarters (which belongs to the Israel Ministry of Health), in an email to Reuters.

The confirmed case at the end of 2021 in Israel was not the first. In a study published in June 2020, doctors at Medilife Health Group in Istanbul, Turkey, reported six cases of co-infection in patients between March 10 and May 10. Similarly, a study by doctors from the Hospital Clinic Barcelona in Spain found four cases. “Fluorona” in May 2020. Both studies determined that more research is needed to better understand co-infection and determine the best possible treatment, especially for the elderly and those who are immunocompromised.

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Why are we hearing about it now?

Medical experts are now concerned about cases of “Fluorona” due to the highly contagious Omicron type and the easing of pandemic restrictions. According to FluWatch, during the 2020-2021 flu season, there were only 69 confirmed cases of the flu in Canada. In comparison, while influenza activity remains low, between December 12, 2021 and January 1, 2022, a total of 158 cases were detected.

“Given higher flu activity in many regions as well as higher COVID activity, this leads to greater co-infection with both pathogens,” said Dominic Mertz, an infectious disease specialist and professor at McMaster University. said.

While restrictions such as social distancing, masking and handwashing have been successful in containing the spread of COVID-19, they have also helped limit the transmission of the flu. With the lifting of these restrictions, the cases of flu have also increased.

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“People working in the health care system have always been warned about the risk of flu and COVID spreading at the same time,” Mertz said.

There is less concern about people getting sick from co-infections because they are rare, he said, and more worrying that an already stretched health care system will care for more patients while they are already dealing with COVID. are.

Who’s getting it?

So far, “Fluorona” has been documented for affected individuals in several countries, including the United States, Israel, Turkey, Spain, Iran, Brazil, the Philippines, and Hungary. In an email, Canada’s Public Health Agency said it currently has no data on cases of influenza and COVID-19 co-infection in the country.

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The people who are most at risk of co-infection are those regularly exposed to the respiratory virus, Mertz said. Historically, these viruses have been very active in daycare and school settings.

He added that high-risk patients, including the elderly and immunocompromised, should be most careful. Since they are at higher risk for COVID-19 and the flu, they will also be at risk for co-infection.

what are the symptoms?

Mertz said the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are very similar. If you have both, you won’t be able to tell which virus is causing which symptoms.

According to Public Health, the most sudden symptoms of the flu are fever, cough, and muscle aches and pains. Other symptoms include headache, chills, fatigue, loss of appetite, sore throat and runny nose. The symptoms of COVID are usually cough, difficulty in breathing, fever, chills, fatigue, muscle aches and headache.

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“I think the only exceptions are those who have a loss of taste and smell,” Mertz said. “It is very, very likely that COVID-19.”

He said it was difficult to tell whether someone with a co-infection would have more severe symptoms. There is currently not enough information on virus combos to support a clear answer.

How do you treat it?

Mertz said the flu and COVID have different treatments, but if you contract both, you’ll probably need to treat both at the same time. Certain prescription drugs are used to treat each virus, which Mertz said would most likely be for high-risk patients.

Public Health says those who have the flu should rest, drink fluids, and take medicine to ease aches and pains. COVID treatments at home are similar.

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Should you be worried?

Canada’s Public Health Agency said contracting “Fluorona” is rare.

“At the moment the flu is still on very, very, very low activity,” Mertz said. “Typically, we see a peak in January to February and we hardly see any flu at present.”

If you’re at risk, Mertz says to take precautions, as you would in any flu season or during a pandemic.

“Other than that, I’d say there’s no need to worry any more.”

What can you do to avoid Fluorona?

Mertz said the best way to avoid the flu, or COVID-19, is to follow public health guidelines. Both viruses spread in the same way – coughing, sneezing and talking.

Public Health says to prevent COVID-19, you should stay home when you’re sick, improve ventilation, wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands and disinfect surfaces . Preventive measures for the flu are similar, they include washing your hands, avoiding touching your nose and mouth, coughing into the fold of your arm, disinfecting surfaces and staying home if you are sick.

“The bottom line is simply get vaccinated against both,” Mertz said. “We have a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine that will protect you from both.”

With additional reporting from the National Post, Reuters

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