The new year offers a new corona term.
Several countries have recently registered cases where people have been simultaneously infected by the two respiratory infections covid-19 and influenza.
The simultaneous infection has been given the appropriate name «flurona».
But even though the National Institute of Public Health is not significantly concerned about «flurona», the Norwegian Directorate of Health makes a clear recommendation.
Pregnant woman double infected
Israel was the first to register the case, when a young, pregnant woman tested positive for both viruses.
The woman is said to have not experienced any particularly severe symptoms, despite the fact that she was not vaccinated against the flu or covid-19, according to director Arnon Vizhnitser at the gynecological department at Bellinson Hospital in Petach Tikva, Israel.
– She was diagnosed with both the flu and the coronavirus when she arrived. Both tests came back as positive, even after we tested again, Vizhnitser said.
Those over 65 are more vulnerable
TV 2 has asked a handful of questions to chief physician Preben Aavitsland in FHI and assistant health director Espen Rostrup Nakstad in the Norwegian Directorate of Health.
The latter does not exclude that we will be able to see cases of “flurona” in Norway.
– If we were to get a wave of flu infection this winter, probably someone will be infected with covid-19 and the flu at the same time, Nakstad writes in an e-mail to TV 2.
At the same time, he emphasizes that the probability of this happening is quite small as long as the omicron dominates as a respiratory virus.
– If many people were to be infected at the same time and be in the same disease phase with both viral infections, it would of course be unfortunate for those concerned. But vaccination will in any case protect against severe covid-19, he says, and continues:
– Those who are most exposed to covid-19 will also be most exposed to concomitant viral infections. This is the reason why the elderly over the age of 65 are recommended to be vaccinated against both covid-19 and the flu this year.
No, no and again no
Chief physician Preben Aavitsland in FHI says that they do not expect “flurona” cases in Norway in the near future.
– Are there registered cases in Norway where patients are infected with both influenza and covid-19 at the same time?
– No, Aavitsland answers in cash.
– Is there data on how many people have been infected with both influenza and covid-19 at the same time?
– In the.
– Now there are also registered cases of double-infected in Hungary. Does the National Institute of Public Health expect to register similar cases in Norway in the near future?
– In the.
– Both diseases can cause a serious disease burden, and both can – in the worst case – cause death. Do you expect that a combination of influenza and covid-19 will increase the likelihood of serious illness?
– We do not know.
– Are some more exposed than others, if you are infected with both respiratory infections at the same time?
– It is probably the same people who are more prone to serious illness if you become infected with one, ie the elderly and people with chronic diseases.