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Even as the world witnessed a recent spike in Omicron cases, a new concern over ‘Florona’ has emerged. Florona, according to several media reports, has been described as an infection caused by influenza and coronavirus at the same time. A person simultaneously contracting both the influenza virus and Sars-CoV-2 has been reportedly described as ‘Florona’. This has left people puzzled and sparked fears.

As Delta cases continue to spread widely and with Omicron rearing its ugly head, this new infection, Florona, has sent alarm bells ringing throughout the world

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Florona has got experts across the globe worried because two viruses entering the human body at the same time may lead to a ‘twindemic.’

Where was Florona reported?

Israel reported its first case of the Florona on Thursday. It was the day before the country began administering the fourth vaccine shot to vulnerable populations. It was first detected in a pregnant woman at Rabin Medical Centre in Petah Tikva. As per reports, the young woman was unvaccinated against COVID-19. However, her symptoms of Florona were relatively mild.

Symptoms of Florona              

As per experts’ opinion, Florona, which is a combination of Covid-19 and Influenza, has similar symptoms like cough and cold, fever, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath, runny nose, headache. But there’s a difference in the period when the symptoms start showing. The severity of the condition may differ from person to person.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), once the Florona virus enters the body, the flu symptoms begin in three to four days, whereas with Covid symptoms appear around 5 days after infection. 

Nature reports that both the pathogens are air and fomite-borne. It infects the same human tissues, including the respiratory tract, and nasal, bronchial, and lung cells.

However, in severe cases of Florona, it may also include pneumonia, myocarditis, and inflammation in heart muscles. 

Is Florona a new variant of Covid-19?

Florona is not a variant of the novel coronavirus. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is yet to issue any statement or react to the Florona report.

Although there is not much information available on Florona, Israeli researchers said it is being studied.

What precautions to take against Covid-19?

Israel, which has reported the first case of Florona, had urged its citizens to get fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

In India, no cases of Florona have yet been reported. The government has stressed the need of complete vaccination to fight Covid-19. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the rolling out of vaccination drive for age 15-18-year-olds and precautionary doses (booster shots) for Covid-19 for frontline workers and those above 60 years of age. Meanwhile, the Centre has also emphasized wearing masks at all times, including the ones who are vaccinated against Covid-19.

Precautions to take- Key Points:
  • Vaccination
  • Wear masks at all times
  • Keep washing your hands
  • Carry handy sanitisers

How have people reacted?

After two years of COVID and its various iterations, one can safely say that the news of Florona has left people visibly exasperated. Here is how people reacted on social media.

Meanwhile, Guwahati city saw more than double the COVID-19 cases on Monday. 164 positive cases were recorded as compared to 78 cases on the previous day, stoking fears that curbs might be announced by the state government to arrest the spread of the virus.

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