Unusual setting of medical care, Rare co-existance of disease or pathology
Sungyub Lew, Prabhjot Manes, Brittany Smith
Department of Family Medicine, Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Am J Case Rep 2020; 21:e926092
Available online: 2020-10-03
There was a growing presumption that coinfection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and another viral respiratory illness was nonexistent. Although there has been an increasing number of coinfection cases since the beginning of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, there is still a significant lack of information regarding the symptomatology, treatment, prognosis, and reasoning behind coinfection. This raises concern of the possibility of misdiagnosis or delay in treatment.
CASE REPORT: This case report discusses a coinfection of SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza A in a 32-year-old man to highlight that these viruses can coexist within the same patient. This patient unfortunately died of persistent respiratory failure after several days in the ICU.
CONCLUSIONS: Coinfection of SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza A can occur and lead to a poor prognosis.
Keywords: coinfection, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Influenza A virus