This is how health care workers test for the flu and COVID-19. When you get both, at the same time, its called a co-infection. But this time, media has latched on to a nickname: "flurona."
It started with a headline out of Israel, calling a pregnant woman with flu and COVID the countrys first case of flurona. Some misunderstood that to mean the first case ever of a new illness.
It's not. But social media and news outlets picked up the name and its stuck. Dr. Jonathan Grein helps sort it out. He's an infectious disease doctor and Director of Hospital Epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.
A medical diagnosis of co-infection of any kind is nothing new. And at this point, Grein says co-infections of flu and COVID aren't something to panic about. "There does not seem to be a major signal that infection with both makes you significantly more sick, but we just don't know, and it's too early to know," Grein says. "Common sense would dictate being infected with two things is certainly not good."
The common symptoms to look for: dry cough, fever, sore throat, head or body ache, and feeling exhausted. Co-infections arent the norm. Grein says his hospitals only seen a few people with flu and COVID at the same time. Just like co-infections elsewhere in the country, all the cases were mild and in younger patients.