You can become infected with COVID-19 and the flu at the same time- but ‘flurona’ is not real.
Scientists urge people to stop using ‘flurona’ as a term to describe it as its own virus. It is not.
‘Flurona’ is not it’s own virus
The term ‘flurona’ gives the impression that two viruses have merged into one. This Frankenstein virus is is just a myth. However, you can contract COVID-19 and the flu at the same time. Find more information here.
Dr. Ellen Foxman, an immunologist at the Yale School of Medicine, said that getting infected with both is called a coinfection. People get coinfections pretty frequently. It is not an uncommon occurrence.
Being infected with two viruses at once produces it’s own outcomes. Contracting COVID-19 and the flu at the same time could result in three different things. These include:
- little to no symptoms
- attacked by the viruses at the same time, leading to severe illness
- or, one virus could dominate the other
Coinfections aren’t new news
Coinfections have been documented worldwide before the term ‘flurona’ became popular.
COVID-19 and the flu are both respiratory diseases. The most common symptoms for these are a runny nose, sore throat, fever, headache and fatigue.
Health and vaccination status are two factors that impact symptoms.
The bottom line is that ‘flurona’ is not real but coinfections are.
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