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“Flurona” Spreads through U.S. as Omicron Surge Combines With This Year’s Flu

“Flurona” Spreads through U.S. as Omicron Surge Combines With This Year’s Flu

Omicron surge is the excuse California uses to extend mask mandate. Los Angles using it to force indoor employees into N95 masks.

Multiple cases of “flurona,” or COVID-19 combined with this year’s flu, have now been reported in the United States as the Omicron variant surge strikes as influenza spreads.

For example, In North Carolina (emphasis mine).

Ken Vaughn, a North Carolina father of two, said that his 7-year-old son had an irritated throat after Christmas, so they took him to the doctor.

“They gave him a COVID swab, a flu swab, and then they did a second COVID swab in case the quick test came back negative,” Vaughn told Fox News Digital.

“Well, they called back in 30 minutes and said, ‘Yeah, it’s COVID and it’s flu B.’ And they said they had never seen it before.”

…Vaughn’s son, who had just received his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine a month earlier was on bed rest for two days with a 102-degree fever, but he’s feeling like himself again after a week.

Cases have also been reported in Mississippi and Los Angeles.

The case, involving a teenager, was detected four days ago at a testing site near the Getty Center in Brentwood, said Steve Farzam, chief operating officer of 911 COVID Testing. The teen, who tested positive for both influenza and COVID, had just returned from a family vacation in Mexico.

“This is the first one that we’re aware of,” Farzam said. “In and of itself, it’s not overly concerning; however, it is concerning and can be problematic for someone who has preexisting medical conditions, anyone who is immunocompromised.”

…In an email, the L.A. County Department of Public Health said that “concurrent infection with more than one respiratory virus is exceedingly common and there is no reason to expect that SARS-CoV-2 should be an exception to this rule.”

“We are not tracking these occurrences systematically and cannot tell you how frequently they have occurred,” health officials said in a statement.

If there is ever a return to pre-COVID normalcy, California will likely be the last place on Earth to experience it. The state has now extended its mask mandate for another month.

California has extended its indoor mask mandate through February 15 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and the omicron variant.

State Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced the one-month extension on Wednesday.

The extended mandate announcement comes just days after a report that suggested cloth masks are ineffective against the omicron variant of COVID-19.

And in Los Angeles, employers will now have to supply employees medical-grade masks or N95 respirators.

As cases continue to surge as a result of the increased circulation of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, Public Health has modified its Health Officer Order to include additional safety measures to reduce transmission risks knowing that vaccinations alone are not sufficient to prevent spread of Omicron.

As soon as possible, but no later than January 17th, employers are required to provide their employees who work indoors in close contact with others with well-fitting medical grade masks, surgical masks, or higher-level respirators, such as N95 or KN95 masks. These upgraded masks are better at blocking virus particles from going through the mask.

This policy is going to fail for many of the same reasons the cloth masks didn’t work (i.e., they are not fitted properly, employees will pull them down when they are uncomfortable, and the protection will not be properly maintained). Furthermore, it will do nothing to stop transmission during non-working hours.

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Comments

I know how to stop it. Three well-placed nuclear warheads over Asia would rid the world of this pestilence.

2smartforlibs | January 7, 2022 at 8:42 am

You do realize COVID is the seasonal flu.

nordic_prince | January 7, 2022 at 8:48 am

Insanity: Keeping the masking charade going and expecting that this time it’ll be different.

Without the pandemic ‘raging’, they lose their raison dêtre for mailing unsolicited ballots to every registered voter. So, the pandemic MUST continue to ‘rage.’ This is all about fixing the next election…and the next…and the next.

I gather it’s 2 viruses at once, not a mutation of omicron. In which case masks would serve to lower flu (droplet transmission) without doing much against omicron. Omicron seems to be pretty mild itself and is probably helpful via the immunity it produces.

Does this mean the flu vaccine they surprised me with at my last doctor visit was also a COVID vaccination?

The last thing I need is a sixth toe on each foot.

N95 masks require fit tests and training….this policy is ham fisted lunacy to put on normal, every day businesses.

I find this sudden surge of the flu to be mendaciously convenient. Flu disappears for two years and then, when needed most, it reappears to ramp up the fear because nobody is afraid of Omicron?

…In an email, the L.A. County Department of Public Health said that “concurrent infection with more than one respiratory virus is exceedingly common and there is no reason to expect that SARS-CoV-2 should be an exception to this rule.”

Yay, a grain of sense, but only a grain. The State is still busy trying to push useless masks, while it suppresses effective, cheap, early outpatient drug treatments.

Those unmitigated bastards diagnosed COVID and sent my son and his girlfriend home to quarantine, untreated. I sent them an over-the-counter care package, and they both popped right back in 5 days, right on schedule. Dr. Zelenco and other US clinicians have done us a great service.

We have a cure foe COVID, and it probably works for the flu, too.

It’s long past time for California’s politicians to give up their N-I-H attitude.

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