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Coinfection with SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza A Virus in a 32-Year-Old Man

Unusual setting of medical care, Rare co-existance of disease or pathology

Sungyub Lew, Prabhjot Manes, Brittany Smith

USA Department of Family Medicine, Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Am J Case Rep 2020; 21:e926092

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.926092

Available online: 2020-10-03

Published: 2020-11-14


BACKGROUND: 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