They warn of the possible arrival of the 'Flurona', the infection of COVID and flu, to Spain
The Canarian vaccinologist Amos García Rojas has warned this Sunday that it is "tremendously possible" that the coronavirus infection and flu at the same time, called 'flurone', can be detected in Spain, after Israel The first case of this infection was reported in the last hours.
Garcia Rojas He has made these statements to La Sexta Noticias, where he explained that these events will depend on vaccination coverage against influenza: "That, unfortunately, can increase the severity profiles on the side of influenza or COVID-19", has exposed.
Israel detected its first case of simultaneous contagion of coronavirus and virus flu, known as "flurone", in an unvaccinated pregnant woman, the Israeli Ministry of Health confirmed today to Efe. The woman was discharged on December 30 after being treated for mild symptoms derived from this double infection, the digital added. Times of Israel.
Cases of "flurone" were detected for the first time in U.S during the first year of a coronavirus pandemic. Experts from the Ministry of Health believe that there are similar cases, not yet identified, when the country registers almost two thousand people hospitalized for flu, while the positives of coronavirus from the omicron variant increase.
The circulation of influenza viruses and COVID-19 at the same time worries about the high risk for the population, especially vulnerable, since the two diseases affect the upper respiratory system, experts warn. "The disease is the same. They are viral and cause shortness of breath, as both attack the upper respiratory tract," explained Arnon Vizhnitser, director of the hospital's gynecology department, according to the Israeli newspaper. The Times of Israel.
Israeli health authorities reported on Friday that the country began administering the fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine to patients with weakened immune systems. Israel has recently faced a fourth wave of infections and a further increase in cases.
“Today, we are seeing cases of both coronavirus and flu that are beginning to reap their heads. We are seeing more and more pregnant women with the flu, "Arnon Vizhnitser, director of the hospitals Gynecology Department, told Ynet.
Israel approves the use of the Merck pill against the coronavirus
The Israeli Ministry of Health approved today the use of the antiviral pill against COVID-19 from the American pharmaceutical company Merck and announced the signing of a contract to receive the first shipment.
Israel has also started administering the drug Paxlovid, Pfizer's pill, in order to include the treatments in the strategy to fight the pandemic, in addition to vaccination. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized in December the emergency use of this pill, also known as molnupiravir or lagevrio, which reduces hospitalizations and deaths from covid by almost 30%.
The treatment was authorized in adults at risk who should start the capsule treatment during the first five days in which they have presented mild to moderate symptoms. The drug prevents the multiplication of the virus by attacking the enzyme that it uses to make copies of itself, and keeps the viral load at low levels in the body, thereby reducing the severity of the disease.
The UK was the first to approve the use of this drug. Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz warned this weekend that "covid drugs are not a substitute for the vaccine" and called on the non-inoculated population to be immunized.
Israel began on December 31 to administer the fourth dose in immunosuppressed people and announced a campaign with this second booster dose among the elderly in residences, geriatric hospitals and protected homes after detecting an increase in infections in these centers. Today the country has almost 6 million residents out of a population of more than 9 million vaccinated with the two doses, and 4.2 million inoculated with the third.