Adults affected by Covid and flu symptoms are at higher risk of death, a new study has found. Here’s what you need to know about Flurona and how it affects you
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covid was the biggest threat to our health in the last two years. But that doesn’t mean that other diseases like the flu no longer exist.
A new study carried out by the UK and the Netherlands has found patients infected with the flu and Covid at the same time are at a higher risk of serious illness and death.
Here’s what you need to know about Flurona, the risks of developing it, and how to prevent it.
What is Flurina?
“Flurona” is the term used to describe the disease when a person has the flu and Covid at the same time.
According to scientists, people are at risk of contracting flurona when the immune system is weakened by an infection, giving another virus easy access to cause infection.
Is Flurona dangerous?
A new study has found those affected by Flurona are at a much higher risk of both becoming seriously ill and dying than those just infected with Covid.
The study, conducted by the University of Edinburgh, looked at more than 305,000 patients hospitalized for Covid in the UK between February 6, 2020 and December 8, 2021.
It was found that all patients from the study with co-infection of Covid and influenza were more than four times as likely to eventually require ventilator support.
It was also found that those with Flurona were 2.4 times more likely to die from their disease than those who only had it Coronavirus.
According to the team led by Dr. Maaike Swets, specialist in infectious diseases, these results point to the need hospitals to have a higher level of flu testing in Covid patients.
It also highlighted the importance of full vaccinations against both Covid and the flu.
Are the cases of Flurona in the UK?
As early as January, reports suggested there were more than 160 cases of Flurona in the UK, although the true number was said to be around 1,000.
At the time, however, doctors monitoring cases reported only mild symptoms, with one expert even claiming that concerns about the co-infection were “overblown”.
Co-author of the new study and critical care expert Professor Kenneth Baillie said: “We found that the combination of COVID-19 and influenza viruses is particularly dangerous.”
He added: “This will be important as many countries reduce the use of social distancing and containment measures. We expect COVID-19 will circulate with the flu, increasing the likelihood of co-infections.”
How likely are you to get infected with Flurona?
A new study from earlier this year, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, indicates that flurona cases are relatively rare.
dr Stephen McMullan, a Mayo Clinic GP, said separately: “Co-infection with COVID-19 and the flu or Covid-19 and other types of infections you can get up to upper respiratory infections because Covid-19 tends to is rarely assume.
“Once Covid-19 is in your body it will be the dominant virus but there are some rare cases where we have seen people get both Covid-19 and the flu. So it’s possible, but it’s certainly not common.”
The two groups most likely to be affected by co-infections are unvaccinated adults and children, especially those under the age of five
Co-infections with a variety of respiratory viruses are more common in children than in adults, and there is no evidence that having two viruses together makes a child sicker.
However, experts agree that people who are already at risk from one disease can be doubly affected if they contract another disease at the same time.
How to prevent Flurona
The testing strategy for Covid patients needs to change, with more testing being done for the flu, says Professor Kenneth Baillie.
People with respiratory infections should also be tested for other viruses, even if they already have a diagnosis.
Clinical virologist at the University of Liverpool, Professor Calum Semple, added: “It is now very important that people are fully vaccinated and refreshed against both viruses and not stop until it is too late.”
The vaccines for Covid and flu are different and people need to get both to be protected. The CDC has also stated that it is safe to receive both vaccines at the same time.
Other things you can do to avoid Flurona are the same measures we have taken for Covid including wearing a face mask, social distancing, washing hands frequently and making sure rooms are well ventilated.
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