“Flurona” is a term used to describe the simultaneous spread of COVID-19 and influenza. Experts say that Flurona may be “disastrous for the immune system.”
Israel recently announced that it has found its first case of COVID-19 and influenza. This case raises questions about how these two viruses affect people with two diseases at the same time.
The patient is a pregnant woman in her 30s who has not been vaccinated. Bellingson Hospital in Petah Tikva, Israel, stated that she was “in good health” when she was discharged from the hospital.
Anon Wiznitzer, Director of the Women’s Department at Bellingson, Israel, said: “This is Bellingson’s first mother. She was diagnosed with flu and halo infections. We treated her with aura and flu drugs. Combination therapy.”
Wiznitzer added: “We have seen an increase in the incidence of influenza in pregnant women. Corona infections mainly occur in women who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and influenza. This is indeed the case. In addition to corona, we are also facing a full Age of challenges. You have to deal with the flu.”
How do COVID-19 and flu affect the body at the same time?
“Flurona” is a term used to describe the simultaneous spread of COVID-19 and influenza.
Nadav Davidovitch, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health at Ben Gurion University in Israel, told CNN that influenza and COVID-19 are now spreading at a very high rate. “Someone may be infected with both viruses at the same time. Both.”
David Dovic, a member of the Israeli National Advisory Committee for COVID-19, added: “I don’t think this will be a common situation, but it is something that needs to be considered.”
Locking doors and requiring masks at the beginning of the pandemic can help limit the spread of influenza, but as society reopens, the number of influenza cases is expected to increase.
“One year later, the chance of catching the flu is very, very low,” David Dovich said the following year, because people were less likely to be exposed to [flu] last year and were more vulnerable. ”
Experts added that these viruses are unlikely to have a major personal impact on people who have no underlying diseases but are simultaneously vaccinated against influenza and COVID-19.
Threats to high-risk groups
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), influenza and COVID-19 are respiratory diseases that can cause similar symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever and headache. And very tired.
When an infected person breathes, speaks, coughs or sneezes, both diseases are spread through droplets.
Adrian Burrowes, a family medicine physician and associate professor of family medicine at the University of Central Florida in the United States, told CNN in September that simultaneous infections with COVID-19 and influenza could “cause catastrophic consequences for the entire system.” system. ” .”immune system”.
“I believe that in the near future, someone will be infected with influenza and coronavirus at the same time. I believe this will lead to a higher mortality rate,” said Dr. Burrows.
Davidovitch said that there is not enough data to say whether the hospitalization rate of influenza and COVID-19 patients is higher than that of patients infected with only one of the viruses.
Warn of overloaded sanitation systems
As countries around the world struggle to cope with the outbreak of the Omicron variant, David Dovich worries that flu and coronavirus will put pressure on the health system—especially in winter.
“In winter, because the weather is cold and people are indoors, you are usually more susceptible to respiratory infections. And when you are more susceptible to influenza and COVID-19, it may be difficult to understand. Measures. System load.” David Dovich Say.
Davidovich said that in order to limit the spread of influenza and coronavirus and prevent the global health system from being overwhelmed, we “need to protect the people.”
“We live in the winter and we see the hospitals being overcrowded. Prevention is probably the best idea,” David Dovich said. We are lucky that we did not encounter this problem last year. Facing COVID-19 and the flu”.
He said that to help protect the health system, more people need to be vaccinated and take other measures to help protect high-risk groups, the elderly, and patients with chronic diseases.
According to WHO, people can take measures to prevent COVID-19 and influenza, such as keeping their distance, washing hands frequently, and opening doors and windows to ensure ventilation.