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The world is once again shuddering and shivering with panic, as Omicron and Delmicron variants of Covid-19 are on a rampage. By the first weekend of the New Year, India’s Omicron count crossed the 1700-mark, and the high transmission levels of the virus definitely spell a cautionary tale. And if that wasn’t enough, Israel has reportedly recorded its first case of Florona, which is said to be a double infection of Covid-19 and influenza.
Leading media dailies from Israel revealed that the virus was detected in a pregnant woman, who was admitted to the Rabin Medical Centre to give birth. But there’s also news that the infected woman was not vaccinated.
While there seems no silver lining in sight, reports suggest that Florona is not really a new variant, but a combination of flu and coronavirus occurring at the same time. Not much is known of this infection, but its link can also be traced to the high number of influenza cases that have surfaced in Israel over the past few weeks.
The only way to combat all kinds of infections during the Covid-19 pandemic is to get vaccinated and follow all the safety protocols such as maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, and sanitizing hands. In a piece of positive news, India also begins the Covid-19 vaccination drive for children aged 15-18 years. Meanwhile, the administration of the third dose or “booster shot” will begin on January 10, 2022, for healthcare workers, and vulnerable senior citizens.