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Photo: DimaBerlin (Shutterstock) COVID-19 and the flu are both respiratory viruses that can be anywhere from annoying to life-threatening, and public health experts have been worried about what might happen if both become widespread at the same time (the dreaded “ twindemic ”). Besides their individual tolls on the healthcare system, there’s also the worry that people might get both at the same time. That’s what has happened in the headline-grabbing cases of a few people who have what’s being called “flurona.” Despite the underlying tone of panic, there’s one thing you need to know: this is not a new disease. What is flurona? Flurona is not a thing, okay? Despite the singular name, it’s not a hybrid of the two viruses. It simply means that one person is infected with these two viruses at the same time. (It’s also not a scientific or medical term, just a name concocted to sound scary, like “ murder hornets .”) It’s like if you stepped in dog poop and then a bird pooped on you the same day. It would suck and it would be a strange coincidence, but it’s not some special new mutant poop tragedy. The cases of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 coinfection (which is what it’s really called) are not a new phenomenon; there were cases even in early 2020. We also know that recently there were cases in California, Texas, and Florida, two pregnant women had recent coinfections in Israel, and Brazil has at least six recent cases, […]