In the midst of the rapid transmission of the Delta and Omicron variants of the Covid-19 virus, a piece of alarming news emerged from Israel. A new disease they named Florona appeared. Florona is not a new variant of Covid-19 but is a combined infection of the flu and Corona that attacks a person at the same time.
Reporting from the Indian Express, Florona’s case was first detected in a pregnant woman who was about to give birth in a hospital. The woman is known to have no previous history of flu and Corona vaccination. This case is thought to have arisen due to the rise of cases of the Omicron and Delta variants, as well as the increasing number of influenza cases in the country.
On its website, WHO mentions that Florona may occur when both diseases infect at the same time. The most effective way to prevent the attacks of these two diseases is by vaccination. Not only corona vaccination, but influenza vaccination also needs to be done. It was reported from mayoclinic.org that the virus’s spread that causes Covid-19 and the flu has a similar pattern.
Dr. Shuchin Bajaj, founder-director, Ujala Cygnus Group of Hospitals, told indianexpress.com, Florona is likely to cause more severe symptoms because it can spread more quickly. Reporting from mayoclinic.org, complications that a Florona infection can cause include acute respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, heart attack, stroke, and even death.
According to Dr. P. Venkat, an internist at Artemis Hospital, “A PCR test was performed for the flu where we tested the RNA (or ribonucleic acid essential for all forms of life) of the virus. Because the two viruses have different genotypes, different PCR tests were carried out and it can be distinguished only by laboratory tests,” said Dr. Venkat.
Due to the severity and possible rapid spread, all parties should take preventive measures. This action can be done by keeping a distance, avoiding crowds, wearing masks, washing hands, and vaccination.