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Flurona & Kids: What Parents Need To Know

What to watch for, and how to protect your child during the twindemic.

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As if a pandemic wasn’t enough, now experts are warning of a twindemic. As Covid continues and flu season sets in, it’s now possible for people — including kids — to get sick with both at once. There are ways to prevent it, and signs it’s time to call the doctor.

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The reason flurona is now officially making the rounds is because both illnesses can become serious, so naturally parents are concerned (albeit totally exhausted at this point).

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What’s better than treatments? Prevention. The most severe Covid and flu symptoms can be prevented by vaccinating your children and yourself. The CDC recommends the Covid vaccine for kids 5 years and older, and the flu shot starting at 6 months old. Eligible kids can get both at the same time.

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In addition to getting them vaccinated, encourage your children to wear their masks at school, wash and sanitize their hands often throughout the day, and to tell you right away if they’re not feeling well.

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The flu and Covid cause similar symptoms since both are viral illnesses that attack your respiratory system. Flurona will affect every kid a little differently and vary in intensity, but there are some signature symptoms you can watch out for.

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The CDC says flu symptoms include fever, body aches, chills, headache, fatigue, runny or congested nose, sore throat, and cough. In kids, diarrhea and vomiting are also common. They note that not everyone with the flu has a fever, so don’t let a normal body temp fool you.

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As for Covid symptoms, well, they’re pretty much identical to the flu list. Per the CDC, the only different symptoms are loss of taste or smell, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. While flu symptoms come on suddenly, Covid can feel mild or severe.

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If your kiddo comes down with flurona symptoms, you’ll want to get them to the doctor ASAP. There, they can be tested for both Covid and the flu. While there’s no magic pill for Covid, a Tamiflu prescription can decrease the intensity of the flu if taken early enough.

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While these viruses have to run their course, you can treat your child’s symptoms to help them feel better. Ask your doctor what medications are safe to give your child, add a humidifier to their room, and make sure they’re getting plenty of fluids.