Fact Check: Is `Florona' a new Covid variant?

Media has reported that a new corona variant `Florona’ has been detected in Israel. Users are sharing one of the articles that reported about Florona.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  6 Jan 2022 5:00 AM GMT
Fact Check: Is `Florona a new Covid variant?

Hyderabad: Media has reported that a new corona variant `Florona' has been detected in Israel. Users are sharing one of the articles that reported about Florona.

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Fact Check:

NewsMeter found the claim to be false.

Israel, on December 31, 2021, announced the first case of Florona disease, which is a double-infection of the COVID-19 and influenza. COVID-19 and influenza (flu) are both different infectious respiratory diseases and they share some similar symptoms.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.businessinsider.in/science/health/news/florona-disease-double-infection-of-the-covid-19-and-influenza/amp_articleshow/88669756.cms

The same information is on this can be found on the WHO website.

The disease was first identified in a woman who went into labor this week in Israel. She was not vaccinated against COVID-19, as per the Israeli media reports.

https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/health/florona-israel-covid-19-pandemic-flu-influenza-7701201/

The important thing to note here is that Florona is not a corona variant, it is just a disease. Previously Delta and Omicron variants were also found to have the same infectious condition called `Delmicran'.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.timesofindia.com/life-style/health-fitness/health-news/covid-19-variant-what-is-delmicron-and-how-is-it-different-from-omicron/amp_etphotostory/88472473.cms

The names of the corona variants are usually determined by the World Health Organization (WHO), with an alphanumeric name with the Greek alphabet assigned to the coronavirus variants. Complete information on the names of the Corona variants can be found on the WHO website. However, there is no corona variant named Florona in this information.

https://www.who.int/en/activities/tracking-SARS-CoV-2-variants/

https://www.who.int/en/activities/tracking-SARS-CoV-2-variants/

Hence, the claim is false. Florona is not the new Covid-19 variant. Florona is a disease caused by both influenza and Corona.

Claim Review:A new corona variant named Florona has come to light in Israel.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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