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Specialist explains that mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus usually appear in unvaccinated people, in which the pathogen is more likely to replicate.

The flu and covid-19 viruses do not share information, so the proliferation of ‘flurone’ cases does not increase the risk of the coronavirus evolving into more dangerous variants, defended today an expert from the World Health Organization.

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“These are viruses from completely different species that use different receptors to infect and there is not much interaction between them,” said WHO epidemiologist Abdi Mahamud at a press conference, addressing the situation of people who contract covid-19 and flu at the same time, co-infection given the designation ‘flurone’. The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus mutations are usually generated in unvaccinated people, in which the pathogen is more likely to replicate, the expert added.

The main objective must continue to be “to vaccinate the whole world so that the chances of mutation are reduced”, underlined Mahamud.

The expert considered it normal that more cases of ‘flurone’ are appearing than in the previous season, due to greater relaxation in many societies, coinciding with the flu season in the northern hemisphere.

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