H3N2 Virus Hits India – How Dangerous is this virus?
Another sickness is rapidly spreading due to the abrupt and extreme shift in the weather. A fresh outbreak of the influenza virus has been reported in India, and the H3N2 subtype is to blame. Many were unable to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic’s emotional toll, and it now appears that the nation is on the verge of yet another season of terrifying illness.
In essence, this flu is a respiratory condition brought on by the influenza virus. A and B viruses typically serve as a spark for seasonal epidemics.
How long will it last?
The H3N2 virus can remain for an undetermined amount of time, although physicians believe it typically lasts between 5 and 15 days. As previously said, a person’s immunity affects the virus’s effects, which explains the lengthy persistence. According to the IMA’s Standing Committee for Anti-Microbial Resistance, the cough might last up to three weeks while the fever disappears after three days.
How it Spreads?
The illness H3N2 Virus is extremely infectious. According to reports, the majority of patients come from Delhi and experience flu-like symptoms that continue for more than 4-5 days. Experts from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have issued a warning to the populace on the unexpected outbreak and its symptoms. According to a statement from the ICMR, influenza A subtype H3N2 Virus is to blame for a chronic cough that has been spreading throughout India for the previous two to three months.
H3N2 v/s COVID?
Both viruses have the same symptoms, such as a sore throat, fever, runny nose, etc. They both have an impact on the respiratory system and are spread through droplets. As a result, it’s crucial to stay away from crowded areas, wear masks, practise appropriate hand hygiene, drink more water, and adhere to any regimen that may be given. Yet there is one significant distinction: H3N2 is a subtype of the influenza virus, whereas COVID19 was caused by the SARS CoV-2 virus.
Dr. Randeep Guleria, a former director of AIIMS-Delhi, told the news agency ANI that he does not believe there is a significant reason for alarm because the spike in cases has not been significantly followed by an increase in hospitalisation
Throat ache/ sire throat
An ache in muscles and body
Sneezing and runny nose
H3N2 Prevention Tips:
Increase fluid intake
Take ample rest
Eat nutrient-rich diet
Keep good hand hygiene- keep washing hands
Avoid crowded places
Wear masks when necessary
In contrast, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has cautioned against the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in light of the nation’s growing rates of cough, cold, and nausea.
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