We have few days of this new year, 2022, and unfortunately Covid-19 cases continue to rise in practically the entire world, a problem derived from the Omicron variant. To this should be added the millions of people around the world who have not yet been vaccinated against the coronavirus and the winter season that increases the number of respiratory diseases related to this time of year.
This has caused in some countries the first cases of “flurone” are registered, as for example in Israel, where the first case of a patient who fell ill with the flu and Covid at the same time was confirmed, something that in itself is not new, since in June 2020 several researchers from China reported a similar case and in September some more cases were registered in the United States.
What is flurone?
Flurone derives from the combination of names of Flu and Coronavirus viruses in English.
“They have now given the name of Flurone to coinfection of influenza or flu virus and coronavirus. Although they are not frequent, the co-infections of 2 respiratory viruses can occur ”, explained to Infobae Gonzalo Pérez Marc, clinical researcher and head of research and teaching of the Maternal-Infant Unit of the Central Military Hospital in Buenos Aires.
“The Covid enters through the ACE2 receptor of the eukaryotic cell and the influenza virus enters through the receptors with sialic acid and if the 2 viruses are found, then contagion occurs”, also explains the microbiologist at the University Hospital of A Coruña and spokesperson for the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC), María del Mar Tomás.
One of the things health experts do want to make clear is that get sick with flurone It does not mean that you will develop a serious illness and there is no increase in complications; Similarly, it is important to understand that it is not a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 or a new virus.
Similarly, although it is not expected that there will be large outbreaks of fluron, what can happen is that several cases will appear until next March, since the flu virus is more present during the winter.
Although this does not represent risks of major complications, you still have to be careful, especially those who have not been vaccinated against the 2 viruses. In case of complications, people may require hospitalization and in some cases antiviral drugs are given.
About the symptoms of flurone are said to be similar to those that occur when you have been infected with Covid from the Omicron variant.
Finally, it is also predicted that there will be people with a complete vaccination schedule and with booster doses who could get sick from both viruses; However, the illness could last 2 to 3 days because the Covid virus lives less time in the body when combined with the flu virus.
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