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.
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.