Covid in United Arab Emirates: Doctors urge people with high fever to get tested for “flurona” – News

Patients with a temperature above 39 ° Celsius can be infected with both the flu and the coronavirus

Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022, 4:10 PM

Last update: Sun Jan 9, 2022, 4:36 PM

Doctors in the United Arab Emirates are urging people to get tested for both the flu and Covid-19 if they have a fever above 39 ° Celsius, experience chills, sore throat, runny nose, or nasal congestion with severe body pain, such as these patients may have “flurone”.

Doctors warn that the double infection of Covid-19 and the flu can cause breathing difficulties since both attack the upper respiratory tract.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), co-infections such as Covid-19 and influenza are not uncommon when there is high transmission of these pathogens in communities.


Dr Kiran Kumar, specialist – Center for Internal Medicine at Thumbay University Hospital, said: “Flurona is a double combination infection with the coronavirus and the influenza virus (influenza).

Dr Gunjan Mahajan, specialist clinical pathologist at Medeor Hospital in Dubai, said: ‘Cases are being reported all over the world, and they are likely to increase due to the cases of the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus which has increased this winter across the world. While the word is relatively new and growing in popularity, cases of influenza and coronavirus co-infections are not. “

Doctors explain that Flurona can dampen antibody responses and that it may take longer to clear viruses when a person is infected with both the influenza virus and SARS-CoV-2 at the same time.

It is also likely that these co-infected people do not develop long-lasting immunity to be protective on future exposure.

Mahajan adds, “Both infections can be fatal, although the severity of each diagnosis depends largely on an individual’s immune system. In a hospital setting, testing” not only for Covid but for the entire respiratory panel. ” could increase, which could lead to confirmation of flurona cases. However, testing for such cases is only done when a patient is sick enough to require medical attention. “

According to the World Health Organization, the two viruses are transmitted in the same way through droplets and aerosols that can be transmitted by coughing, sneezing, speaking or breathing. This is why masking to protect others is widely encouraged.

“The most effective way to protect yourself from both the flu and severe Covid is to get vaccinated with both the flu and the Covid vaccines,” adds Mahajan.

Dr Kiran Kumar, Specialist – Internal Medicine Center at Thumbay Hospital, said: “Flurona is a double combination infection with coronavirus and influenza virus (influenza). Both viruses cause respiratory infection and patients present with fever, headache, myalgia, runny nose, sore throat and cough. Some may even have abdominal symptoms such as diarrhea. “

Dr Zainab Ali Asghar, Family Medicine Specialist at Al Futtaim – Health Hub Clinic Al Nahda Branch, said: “Patients who present with high fever above 39 degrees Celsius, fever with chills, sore throat , a runny nose or nasal congestion with severe body pain should test for both Covid-19 and influenza. ”

“My advice is that people remain vigilant for any possibility of co-occurring influenza infection with Covid-19 and that everyone should get their annual flu shot, especially those with co-morbidities such as diabetes, asthma or who have immunosuppressed status to avoid “twindemia” mortality in this current situation. “

Experts also believe that one of the differences between the two is that people infected with Covid-19 sometimes take longer to show symptoms.

Dr Syed Nadir, Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer at Adam Vital Hospital, said: “Initially, wearing masks helped prevent the spread of the flu (influenza virus), but over time, as things started to open up and the trend towards wearing masks lessened the flu virus. cases have also increased. Unfortunately, both viruses show the same symptoms as fever, cough, runny nose, sneezing. The only difference is that people infected with Covid-19 take longer to feel symptoms compared to the flu virus. “

Nadir would later say, “If symptoms of the flu virus appear one to four days after being infected while in Covid-19, it may take 14 days for symptoms to appear after infection. WHO always advises us to do tests for close contacts. and as soon as symptoms appear. Being infected with the influenza virus and Covid-19 together can have a severe negative impact on a person’s immune system.

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