(NEXSTAR) – While flurona may not sound like a real word, it is: Flurona is when a patient has the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.
Israel confirmed its first case of flurona last month. Since then, health officials across the United States have report cases. The World Health Organization says co-infection is not unusual when there is strong community transmission of pathogens, such as COVID-19 and influenza.
A reality TV star, Sadie Robertson from A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” recently revealed that she has contracted flurona.
In the caption of a Friday Instagram postRobertson explains 2022 “started with me getting flurona.” This comes just months after Robertson’s daughter, Honey, was born in May 2021, was hospitalized with Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV.
To make matters worse, Robertson says their home has been infested with rats.
“On the 4th day they couldn’t be retrieved and had to get out of our house. It’s disgusting,” she wrote. “And we were exhausted from overcoming illness and had to leave our homes.”
Flurona, while new to our vocabulary practice this year, may have been around for a while. A New York man tested positive for flu and COVID-19 at the same time in late February 2020, Reports of the Atlantic.
Many symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 are similar. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both viruses can cause fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, and nausea or vomiting.
Because symptoms overlap, testing is needed to determine if you are experiencing neuropathic pain. The CDC explains that there are several tests to detect the flu. Among them is checking the throat or nose with a cotton swab, similar to current methods of testing for COVID-19.
“They made two swabs. They checked the left nostril for flu and they checked the right nostril for COVID,” explained Alisha Johnson. Nexstar’s WSPA after learning she had flurona.
While testing for COVID-19 is widely available, you may need to talk to your doctor to get tested for the flu.
Doctor advises Get vaccinated against both the flu and COVID-19 to prevent serious illness.
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