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Flurona is on the Verge of Increasing in the United States

A new coronavirus word for the new year? After Israel revealed that two young pregnant women had tested positive for both the coronavirus and the flu, many people throughout the world began the year 2022 by looking for additional information about “Flurona.”

Doctors have long been concerned about the possibility of a “twindemic” — with influenza cases on the rise while covid-19 cases threaten to overwhelm hospitals — and have urged people to obtain flu shots and coronavirus immunizations.

On the other hand, “Flurona” refers to a situation in which a person has both respiratory diseases at the same time, which health officials believe is a possibility as cases of the extremely contagious omicron version of the coronavirus increase around the world this winter. Many local and international media outlets used the term “Flurona” after two young pregnant women in Israel tested positive for both the coronavirus and influenza. The co-infection was quickly dubbed “double trouble” by The Sun, a British newspaper.

While the term is still relatively new and gaining traction, flu and coronavirus co-infections are not. Flurona, on the other hand, is not a disease in and of itself; it refers to when a person has been infected with both viruses. Flurona cases have been found in nations such as the United States, Israel, Brazil, the Philippines, and Hungary, some of which were discovered before the term was coined. According to an article from the Atlantic, cases of the co-infection were first documented in the United States over two years ago.

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