Can a person be infected with COVID and FLU?

This feature article will give an understanding regarding having a flu during Covid times

Until now, it was a COVID phenomenon that had gone unnoticed. You can be infected with the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. According to the internet, it even has a name now called, 'Flurona'.
This particular winter as the flu season kicks in, it is more likely to happen more along with the highly contagious Omicron variant. The thought of battling both the flu and the COVID-19 infection sounds not just terrifying but impossible to survive as well. However, fret not, since the same measures used to prevent COVID-19 infection can also be used to prevent contracting the flu.
Preventive measures such as using the mask, washing the hands daily along with sanitizing the hands and maintaining social distancing and avoiding crowded places. And there are vaccines crucially available for both viruses. Even though you are unlucky to contract Flurona, the vaccines will protect against a certain infections. Dr Allison Messina,
Chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease at John Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla said, "Flurona is not a distinct disease or a new variant. The proper term is 'co-infection' which means a patient is diagnosed with more than one pathogen simultaneously. It is more common than one might think. You can contract more than three viruses at the same time including COVID-19. Every one of us has had co-infection at some point of time in our lives.
Also, some flurona cases may go undetected. Respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 and influenza have similar symptoms
Researchers in April 2020 identified viruses including rhinovirus and enterovirus according to the American Medical Association Journal. Throughout the Pandemic, cases of Flurona have also been reported even though the name Flurona wasn't coined at that time.
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As early as February 2020, a man in Queens, New York City, USA tested positive for both the flu and COVID-19. After the Times of Israel announced a case of a pregnant woman with co-infection, it was dubbed as Flurona by the publication. It is still uncommon for co-infection among COVID-19 and influenza and if the flu activity keeps suppressing it will likely remain that way.
Dr Soniya Gandhi, infectious Disease specialist and associate chief medical officer at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles said, "If we start to see a lot more flu in the community it is possible that we would start to see co-infections if COVID is still widespread".
Some flurona cases may go undetected. Respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 and influenza have similar symptoms. It would be difficult to detect if you have co-infection without properly getting tested for both. Therefore, patients with mild COVID infection will never know if they had a case of flurona if they do not admit themselves to the hospital and opt for proper treatment.



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