A case of ‘flurona’ in Austria – Woman infected with coronavirus and flu
– A woman was infected with the coronavirus and the flu
Vaccinated twice against Covid-19, a patient was still the victim of a co-infection. And in Switzerland? The FOPH takes stock.
Austrian health authorities have recorded a double infection with influenza virus and coronavirus in a young woman. This is the second case of “flurona” – a mixture of the English word “flu” (influenza) and “corona” – reported worldwide after a first case in Israel.
The patient, who was suffering from a cough and a fever, went to her doctor last week for an examination. His drug test detected both viruses, reports “Blick”.
Simone Buchmann, communications officer at the Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP), emphasizes that “flurona” is not a new virus, but a double infection with the influenza and coronavirus viruses. This co-infection can be either simultaneous or very close in time.
“Typically, the symptoms and their degree of severity are a combination of the individual infections.”
Simone Buchmann, communication officer at the FOPH
“Double infections with different viruses (not just with coronavirus and influenza, but also with many other combinations) occur regularly,” she said. Typically, the symptoms and their degree of severity are a combination of the individual infections.”
No cases recorded in Switzerland
Patients who experience a double infection are then immune to re-infection with the same viral variant for a period of time.
It is possible that double infections with influenza and coronavirus have occurred in Switzerland, “but such cases have not yet been documented in the context of the surveillance Sentinel», indicate Simone Buchmann.
Arnaud Mittempergher has been a web journalist since 2019 and joined “24 heures” and the “Tribune de Genève” in February 2021. After a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and History and Aesthetics of Cinema at the University of Lausanne, he obtained his master’s degree at the Journalism and Media Academy of the University of Neuchâtel.