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‘Flurona’ is misleading- here’s what it really means

You can become infected with COVID-19 and the flu at the same time- but ‘flurona’ is not real.

COVID-19 virus and flu continue to infect

Scientists urge people to stop using ‘flurona’ as a term to describe it as its own virus. It is not.

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‘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

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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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