Flurona, a mixture of COVID-19 and flu. There may be more and more cases

We struggle with the coronavirus, but the worst is yet to come. And it will not be covid that will take its toll. The flu we’ve known for years can make us suffer. But in combination with the coronavirus, it’s an explosive mixture. Flurona, because that’s what it’s called, can turn out to be deadly.

Flurona or gryporona in Polish – this term can be used when a person is tested positive for COVID-19 and the flu. And ahead of us is the flu season, the peak of which is from January to March. And the beginnings of the fifth wave. It could be dangerous. Today we know that fluron has already appeared in Israel, Spain, Hungary and Brazil. It can also be a problem in Poland. Why? It can significantly increase your risk of death. And in our country the most infected die in comparison to other countries.

– Double viral infection is just a drama. Not only are the lungs and the upper respiratory tract attacked by the coronavirus, the flu will also contribute to it – he admits Janusz Dzisko, head of the Olsztyn Sanitary Inspectorate. – The flu incidence is increasing now and it shows in the statistics. At the same time, there is little research on influenza, because everyone is still around covid. Lots of people with an infection get tested for covid that comes out negative, and they won’t think they might have the flu. We are already starting the flu season, and the number of cases of covid is not decreasing either. If these two infections come together, we’ll have more deaths. Unfortunately. The flu itself always gives us several dozen deaths a year. But it also causes complications. Especially cardiological. This is a tragedy. Suddenly it turns out that a fully healthy patient begins to suffer. Research shows changes that are the result of the flu.

You won’t find out without a test

The symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are very similar, so it is difficult to know exactly what you are suffering from. They can cause fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, sore throat, body aches, and a runny or stuffy nose. It should also be remembered that while the flu is always symptomatic, this is not always the case with COVID-19. There are currently no official recommendations on when to test patients for the flu and when for SARS-CoV-2. The general practitioner should decide on the procedure. If the covid or flu test is positive, isolate immediately to prevent spread of infection.

COVID-19 and the flu are diseases that mainly affect the respiratory system. Both can result in pneumonia, but also inflammation of the heart, brain, muscle tissue and sepsis.

– If we stayed within the limits, we wouldn’t have the flu. In 2020, it was almost gone, but then we were worried about the infections. Today it has become commonplace to us – emphasizes Janusz Dzisko. – Keeping distance and disinfection reduce the risk of not only covid, but also the flu.

How to defend yourself against fluron?

It is worth getting vaccinated – both against COVID-19 (booster dose) and against the flu. We cannot forget about the rules that have accompanied us since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic: wearing protective masks, keeping distance and disinfecting. The flu vaccine was best done before the flu season, which is from September to December, but you can also get the flu vaccine later.

“Taking into account the seriousness of the epidemiological situation, the still unsatisfactory percentage of people vaccinated against COVID-19 and the very low level of vaccination against influenza in Poland, we recommend simultaneous (during one visit, in two different limbs) vaccination against COVID-19 and against influenza, all available at vaccines on the Polish market, for a given age group. Influenza vaccination can be carried out with both the first and subsequent doses of COVID-19 vaccines “- we read in the published recommendations of a team of recognized medical experts from the National Program for Combating Influenza on the simultaneous use of vaccines against influenza and COVID-19.

Experts emphasize that according to the current state of medical knowledge, influenza vaccination can also protect against complications of COVID-19, even in people vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Pole is indestructible?

From 23 to 31 December 2021, almost 84,000 were registered in Poland. illness and suspicion of influenza. For covid at the same time – 107.8 thousand.

– A Pole always believes that he is indestructible until he dies. And the truth is, more and more of us are dying. On Monday, 19 deaths were diagnosed due to covid. But there is always less after the weekend. Not because people don’t die, but because hospitals don’t have complete statistics. In the middle of the week, we always know the true number. Medics are busy saving lives, not reporting. That is why there are delays in statistics – notes Janusz Dzisko. – I have great respect for the medical staff. So much rubbish at once is an incredible story. You have to have a really resilient psyche to say goodbye to so many people every day. And to face medical helplessness. Because in many cases there is really not much that can be done. Recently, I talked to a nurse from Szczytno who told me that over a hundred people are leaving in a month. Who can take it mentally? And there is still the flu season ahead of us …

And new variants of the coronavirus. On Monday, January 10, 7,785 new coronavirus infections were detected in Poland. In total, 193 cases of the Omicron have also been reported so far. This is an increase of 7-8 percent. in the last seven days. Recall that this variant spreads faster. A new variant has already been discovered in Cyprus, a combination of Delta and Omicron. Experts called it the “Deltacron”. On the other hand, a new variant of the IHU discovered in Marseille in December is more resistant to the vaccine and more infectious than the original version of the virus.

And the fluron? The combination of coronavirus and influenza can lead to the exchange of genetic material and contribute to the creation of new, more dangerous variants.

ADA ROMANOWSKA


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