A pregnant woman in Israel is considered to be the first person in the world to have both flu and coronavirus at the same time. Following confirmation that individuals may get both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time, a top infectious disease specialist is recommending Australians to seek booster vaccines.
According to health experts, a pregnant lady in Israel is the world’s first person to have both influenza and coronavirus.
The young lady, nicknamed “Flurona”, tested positive for both viruses while a patient at Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva on Thursday.
So now, it seems she is just experiencing moderate symptoms, but doctors are investigating the case to see whether the combination might result in more severe sickness.
Dr. Nick Coatsworth, an Australian former Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said that even in non-pandemic periods, individuals may be sick with many viruses at the same time.
“We don’t always know whether that makes things worse or not, but the message there, for pregnant women, in particular, is that if you’re not vaccinated, you’re certainly at increased risk of going to the hospital, going to intensive care, and having an adverse outcome for your unborn child,” Dr. Coatsworth told Today.
“The crucial lesson from ‘Flurona’ is that we have a vaccine for both COVID-19 and influenza, and we should be using it.”
Dr. Coatsworth said that although national case numbers continue to climb, the impact on hospitals is what officials are worried about.
Despite the fact that Omicron patients are being admitted to hospitals, Dr. Coatsworth claims that the duration of stay is lower than for individuals infected with the Delta variety.
“We know from South Africa, the United Kingdom, and almost everywhere else in the globe that the hospital length of stay, or how long you really have to be in hospital to recover from Omicron, is shorter,” he added.