Israel recently detected its first case of "Flurona", which, as its name implies, is a combination of Flu and Coronavirus.
COVID-19, a virus that has infected 290 million people and killed 5.45 million. Influenza, a virus that causes 3 million severe cases and 200,000 to 500,000 deaths worldwide each year. There have already been cases of double infection!
The double infection was first reported by Israel's Yediot Ahronot newspaper. The newspaper quoted Anon & Middot, director of gynecology at the hospital; "As soon as she arrived at the hospital she was diagnosed with both the influenza virus and the novel coronavirus, both testing positive, even after we tested again," said Arnon Vizhnitser, director of the International Laboratory for Infectious Disease control and Prevention.
He added that the cases were mild, with flu and Novel Coronavirus showing similar symptoms as they both attack the upper respiratory tract. The woman was discharged from the hospital last Thursday.
"We are seeing more and more pregnant women getting flu. It's definitely a huge challenge, when we're dealing with a woman who has a fever during childbirth, you don't know if it's coronavirus or flu." "Viznitser said.
According to the report,The Israeli Ministry of Health is evaluating the case to see if the combination of the two viruses could cause more severe illness.
Meanwhile, Israel's Center for Disease Control recently reported a sharp increase in flu cases, prompting the Ministry of Health to warn that the flu virus "can cause serious illness such as pneumonia, various respiratory infections, myocarditis, and even death." The ministry called on "all Israelis aged 6 months and above" to be vaccinated, adding that the flu vaccine could be given alongside the coronavirus vaccine.
Scientists around the world are assessing the potential risk of various combinations of viral and novel Coronavirus variants. Paul & Middot, Modena's chief medical officer; Paul Burton warned last month that the combination of Delta and Omicron could create a new, more dangerous strain.