Flurona: All We Know About This Flu And COVID-19 Hybrid. First Case Reported By Israel.
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit us in 2020, we’ve been struggling to keep our heads above the water. With 3,49,00,000 COVID-19 positive cases in India as of date, we’re smack in the middle of the third wave. With every new variant of the virus, we deal with a surge in coronavirus cases. TBH, it’s really scary. Personally, I am tired of having to wear a mask every time I step out of my house. Being tied down at home due to the fear of contracting COVID-19 has been hard on us all. And just as we saw hopes of offices opening up, Omicron crushed ’em all. As if coronavirus wasn’t enough to make our lives difficult, we now have something called flurona which appears to be just as scary.
Israel has reported the first (and rare) case of a double infection of COVID-19 and influenza virus. Yes, you read that right. A pregnant woman was the first person in the world to be diagnosed with both the flu as well as coronavirus. The woman tested positive for both the viruses at Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva in Israel. The health officials of the country have revealed that she is experiencing mild symptoms. The doctors have also shared that because flurona is a mixture of influenza virus and COVID-19, it can lead to difficulty in breathing as both viruses are known to attack the upper respiratory tract. The officials are currently analyzing her case in order to understand if the rare mixture of the two viruses contributes to a more severe illness. Further, the experts believe that while the first case of flurona has been documented, there are more patients who may not have been diagnosed yet.
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According to the experts, flurona is similar to Delmicron which is a hybrid mix of the Delta and Omicron variants of Covid-19. It is also indicated that the influenza virus and Covid-19 hybrid may lead to the emergence of a range of severe symptoms which include several respiratory complications like pneumonia and myocarditis. The data also suggests that all this combined can pose a risk of death in case of lack of medical care.
While not much is known about flurona, we suggest you stay safe and follow Covid appropriate behaviour. Wear that mask, ladies!