Israeli health officials have discovered a case of “Flurona,” a combination of a double dosage of COVID-19 and the flu. After being taken to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, east of Tel Aviv, a pregnant lady tested positive for both viruses. It comes when Israel has seen an increase in influenza infections in recent weeks, raising concerns of a “twindemic.”
What exactly is ‘Flurona’?
According to specialists, ‘Flurona’ is not a novel variation but rather a coronavirus and influenza virus infection case. If both viruses are present, they can cause a wide range of severe symptoms, including pneumonia, respiratory problems, and myocarditis, all of which can lead to death if not treated.
Israeli health experts have warned of a “twindemic” that might result in flu and COVID-19 patients crowding hospitals.
Is it needed to be concerned?
While the pregnant Israeli woman’s illness was minor, and she was released on Thursday in excellent health, Israeli officials are investigating if Flurona has the potential to cause more severe disease.
Doctors in the United States have previously warned that COVID-19 and influenza might readily infect humans.
“When you acquire the flu or other respiratory infections, it weakens your body,” Seema Yasmin, head of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative and an epidemiologist, said.
“Your defenses are weakened, putting you at risk of contracting a secondary illness.”
The flu season in Australia usually lasts from late fall to early spring, but cases have been at all-time lows in the last two years.
Because the symptoms of both conditions are similar, health professionals believe that being tested is the best way to determine the difference.
Even in non-pandemic periods, people may become sick with many viruses simultaneously, according to Australia’s former deputy chief medical officer Nick Coatsworth, who spoke to Channel 9’s Today on Monday.
“We don’t always know if it makes things worse or not,” Dr. Coatsworth said. “But the message there is that if you’re not vaccinated, you’re clearly at higher risk of coming to the hospital, going to intensive care, and having a terrible result for your unborn kid.”
“The most significant message from ‘Flurona’ is that we have vaccines for both COVID-19 and influenza, and we should use them.”
The Flurona virus has the same symptoms as the coronavirus and the flu virus. Those with a fever, loss of taste or smell, a persistent cough, sore throat, headache, or runny nose should see a doctor right once and get tested for the COVID-19 virus. Avoid close contact, keep social distance, remain at home when sick, wash your hands, practice good health practices, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the transmission of germs.
Vaccination against influenza
Israel’s health ministry has urged everyone to obtain flu vaccination injections. Anyone above the age of six months can get an immunization. In addition, the government has suggested that everyone receive the COVID-19 vaccine simultaneously.
Anticipating an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Israeli government has approved a fourth vaccination injection for immunocompromised persons as a booster dose.
Booster injections have now been given to 4.2 million Israelis out of a total population of 9.4 million.