The first official case of Flurona was discovered in southern California. On Wednesday, a testing company confirmed the first occurrence of the co-infection. The Flurona is the condition of being infected with COVID-19 and the flu simultaneously. The testing site was at the Getty Center in Brentwood, and the patient is a minor who just came back from vacation in Cabo San Lucas with their family.
Per the testing company’s chief operating officer, the patient experienced symptoms but not hospitalized. They were able to go home after testing. It is unclear how severe their symptoms were or if they’re still positive for the illnesses. Both the flu and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses that cause similar symptoms. The name “Flurona” is a new term used to describe both viruses existing simultaneously. Experts have clarified that the two viruses do not combine to create a new virus or disease, but the individual may experience symptoms of both at the same time.