The results of a 57-year-old Japanese man who tested positive for influenza A, and later tested positive for COVID-19 has mounted concern and the doctors in Japan are asking other physicians to check for COVID-19 among patients with other respiratory infections. The Japanese man remained in the hospital for four weeks but was eventually discharged.
This is not the first case; in Texas, a patient by the name Eleana Topp was diagnosed with COVID-19 and the flu at the same time back in March. Soon after her diagnosis, Topp was placed on a ventilator, and her condition worsened to the point of multiple organ failure. She recovered after seven weeks.
Statistics from Wuhan, China, show that 4.35 percent of the coronavirus patients examined had also been diagnosed with influenza. Other statistics from New York City and Northern California show 2.1 percent and 20.7 percent rates of respiratory infections and COVID-19, respectively.
Nevertheless, the medics behind the BMJ report note that there is no indication whether someone who has contracted another virus is more or less likely to contract COVID-19. The report states that there was no significant difference in the rates of SARS-CoV-2 infection in patients with and without other pathogens. It further states that the presence of a non-SARS-CoV-2 pathogen may not provide reassurance that a patient does not also have SARS-CoV-2.