The term “flurona” made headlines in Israel and is now used around the world.
Some have misunderstood the term to mean a case of the flu and COVID-19 combining.
Dr Jonathan Grein, an infectious disease physician and director of hospital epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said that was not what was happening. H said that the medical diagnosis is in fact a coinfection.
At this point, Dr Grein says the flu and COVID co-infections are nothing to panic about.
“There doesn’t seem to be any major signal that getting infected with both is making you much sicker, but we just don’t know, and it’s too early to know,” said Grein. “Common sense would dictate that being infected with two things is certainly not good.”
Common symptoms to look for are a dry cough, fever, sore throat, headache or body ache, and exhaustion.
Grein says his hospital has only seen a few people with the flu and COVID at the same time. Much like co-infections elsewhere in the country, all cases were mild and in younger patients, he said.
Experts say it’s because younger people have less immunity because they haven’t been exposed to so many viruses.
Unvaccinated people who are very social, do not mask themselves are more likely to contract the flu and co-infection with COVID. The elderly and the immunocompromised are more likely to see both diseases worsen.
“There is real concern that we are seeing more flu circulating with COVID-19,” Grein said. “And, I think there is a real concern that it could really increase the number of people who get seriously ill or have to come to the hospital.”
Medical experts are encouraging people to get the flu and COVID-19 shots to protect themselves from viruses.
This story was originally reported by Lindsey Theis on Newsy.com.