Florona: Here’s all you need to know about the disease

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Florona: Here’s all you need to know about the disease
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  • Israel, on December 31, 2021, announced the first case of Florona disease, which is a double-infection of the COVID-19 and influenza.
  • Florona is a combination of flu and Coronavirus and double infection of the COVID-19. It is not a newly discovered disease and is caused by different viruses.
  • When the viruses of both flu and Coronavirus are present in a body at the same time, it is regarded as Florona disease.
Amid the fears of Omicron taking over the Delta variant of COVID-19, Israel, on December 31, 2021, announced the first case of Florona disease, which is a double-infection of the COVID-19 and influenza. COVID-19 and influenza (flu) are both different infectious respiratory diseases and they share some similar symptoms.

The disease was first identified in a woman who went into labour this week in Israel and was also not vaccinated against COVID-19, as per the media reports.

What is Florona?



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Florona is a combination of flu and Coronavirus and double infection of the COVID-19. It is not a newly discovered disease and is caused by different viruses. There are some differences in evaluating who is most vulnerable to severe disease, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Is it another variant of the COVID-19?



No, Florona is not another variant or mutant of the novel COVID-19. When the viruses of both flu and Coronavirus are present in a body at the same time, it is regarded as Florona disease.

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What are the possible symptoms of Florona?



Both flu and COVID-19 are diseases, which hits your respiratory system and both have more or less same symptoms.According to the WHO, symptoms of both flu and COVID-19 can vary from person to person, however, some common symptoms which have been noted among people around the globe are —

  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Cold and cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of appetite
  • Consistent pain in the chest

How does it spread?



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Both COVID-19 and flu are spread when aerosol particles contaminated with the virus are released by an infected person while coughing, speaking or sneezing and a healthy person breathes that infected air. It usually takes around 2 to 10 days for the symptoms to appear after being infected with the virus and the risk of spreading the virus to others is greater during the initial days, according to a Times of India report.

How can we treat this disease?



According to a Moneycontrol report, the treatment options in use for COVID-19 at medical facilities include oxygen, corticosteroids, and IL6 receptor blockers for severely ill patients.

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Treatment for people with severe respiratory illness includes advanced respiratory support such as the use of ventilators. Several other treatment options for COVID-19 are currently in clinical trials.

Should we worry about the new disease?



We all know that the COVID-19 has a long-term damaging effect on our bodies, if our body catches both Coronavirus and flu at the same time, it would be very difficult for our bodies to fight both viruses.

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How can we protect ourselves from this new disease?



According to the World Health Organization, we should continue to follow prevention measures, such as maintaining at least a one metre distance from others, wearing a well-fitted mask when keeping your distance is not possible, avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated places and settings, opening windows and doors to keep rooms well ventilated and cleaning your hands frequently.

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