What is ‘flurona’ and should you be worried? A doctor breaks it down

“Flurona:” it’s a buzzy term that’s been used to describe what happens when a patient is infected with COVID-19 and the seasonal flu simultaneously. As scary as it sounds, Dr. Lucy McBride, a physician in Washington, D.C., and a Yahoo News Medical Contributor, says there's no cause for alarm. Here’s what you should know about "flurona" as COVID cases continue to spike across the U.S.

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LUCY MCBRIDE: Flurona is not even a medical term, but I think what people are referring to is someone who's infected with coronavirus and influenza at the same time. It is not a new variant of the coronavirus. In fact, it's not new at all that people can get co-infected with two viruses at the same time, in this case coronavirus and influenza.

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It's pretty uncommon to get two viruses at the same time. It's kind of like lightning striking twice. But of course, anything is possible.

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It's certainly possible that coronavirus and flu could mix, but it just hasn't happened yet. We are seeing, however, some people get infected with both viruses. It's absolutely not ideal to have either coronavirus or influenza. And certainly, having both together is not good. But again, I'll tell my patients what I'm telling you, which is to get vaccinated against both viruses. You can absolutely get the COVID shot and the flu shot on the same day.

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What's interesting is that influenza and coronavirus have many of the same presenting symptoms, so sore throat, body aches, fever, fatigue. So the main thing to do if you have any of those symptoms, or if you have been exposed to somebody with those symptoms is to talk to your doctor and get a test if you're symptomatic.

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