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"What Is ‘Flurona’? What to Know About Co-Infections of COVID-19 and the Flu "

The Wall Street Journal interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about the possibility of contracting COVID-19 and flu at the same time

Friday, January 7, 2022

“Flurona” isn’t a new COVID-19 variant. Nor is it a new disease or any kind of medical term.

The word flurona has gained popularity as a way to describe the condition of testing positive for both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time. As flu season picks up in the U.S. and in other countries, some hospitals and COVID-19 testing sites in California and Texas in the U.S., and overseas in Israel are reporting instances of people having both influenza and COVID-19.

Co-infections of two separate respiratory diseases aren’t a new phenomenon—and reports of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the flu date to the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, infectious-disease experts say.