LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The first case of flurona – the combination of both influenza and coronavirus – has been detected at the COVID-19 test center in the Getty Center.
The patient was described only as a teenager with mild symptoms, which tested positive for both influenza and COVID. The test site, run by 911 COVID Testing, says they have seen about 30% positivity among those tested in the last few days, along with a few confirmed cases of flu.
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Flurona, a combination of influenza and coronavirus, was first reported in Israel. This patient was reportedly an unvaccinated pregnant woman with mild symptoms.
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Influenza and COVID-19 symptoms, especially the Omicron variant, overlap in many ways – difficulty breathing, weakness, snuff, according to Steven Berzan, chief operating officer of 911 COVID testing.
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The detection of flurona should not be the cause of alarm, Berzan said, but another reminder to take precautions such as wearing a mask, washing hands and staying home when you are sick.