‘Flurona’ is a new term used to describe a case where a patient tests positive for both COVID19 and the flu, but health experts have announced the concept is nothing new to them.
The biggest piece of advice from medical leaders is to avoid panicking because of the tools they have in their arsenal to fight the flu and the coronavirus.
“Sometimes these new words tend to bring on more anxiety than needed,” said Dr. Syed Hussain, clinical director of Trinity Health of New England. “It’s just the unfortunate event that the individual tested positive for both viruses.”
According to the state’s public health department, there were 871 cases in December 2021, compared with 181 total cases in 2020.
“It’s not a heartwarming thought to be able to catch both at the same time,” said Milly Stewart of Newington. “We wash our hands a lot, use a lot of hand sanitizer, and we mask permanently.”
The first co-infection of “Flurona” in the United States occurred in California. Meanwhile, those inside the state told NBC Connecticut that after hearing what could happen, they are doing what they need to do to protect themselves and those close to them.
“I think it’s important to wear your mask, try to stay safe,” said Jazlyn Garcia who lives in Hartford. “I think it’s very important that people get vaccinated and keep their distance,” said Alexander Soler, who also lives in Hartford.
Health experts tell NBC Connecticut to keep infections at bay, you want to continue to adhere to public health measures and get your COVID19 vaccine, booster, and flu shot.
“Masking has been proven successful and you have to see how much our cases have improved over the past year,” said Dr Ulysses Wu, chief epidemiologist at Hartford Healthcare. “What is different this year is that there is a little more fatigue associated with doing these same measures and therefore we have seen a slight increase,” said Dr Hussain.
Medical officials tell NBC Connecticut you can get the COVID19 shot and your booster at the same time you get the flu shot.