The two virus types that are currently posing a threat to Indians share many of the same symptoms. Influenza H3N2 and the Covid-19 variant XBB 1.16 cases have increased in frequency. In such a situation, it is imperative that a person refrain from self-medicating because, according to specialists, taking the wrong prescription could be lethal.
An Advisory Note
There is a need to follow a risk assessment-based approach to prevent & contain the infection, without losing the gains made so far in the fight against the pandemic, the letter said. “There are few states which are reporting higher numbers of cases indicating possible localised spread of infection,” it said.
In order to prevent the spread of infection, the state must keep a close eye on any areas of concern and take preventive measures as needed, according to the letter. The letter recommended states to guarantee “effective compliance with different directives” by examining the situation of Covid at the micro level (district and sub-districts).
The H3N2 virus may be responsible for symptoms like fever, asthma, coughing, shortness of breath, and clinical indicators of pneumonia. According to statistics from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 92% of patients hospitalised with severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) caused by H3N2 reported having a fever, 86% had a cough, and 27% had shortness of breath.
Some individuals who are being treated with H3N2 may require oxygen or ICU care. India has so far documented two influenza-related deaths, and both of the patients had coexisting conditions. The effects of this virus may be worsened by underlying illnesses such diabetes, hypertension, and lung cancer.
Covid-19 Xbb 1.16 Symptoms
This variation might cause fever, sore throat, cold, headache, body aches, and exhaustion in patients. Your respiratory and digestive systems may both be impacted by the infection.
Where Can I Get Tested?
The ICMR has authorised a novel RT-PCR test kit created by Chennai-based KRIYA Medical Technologies that can identify respiratory syncytial virus, Covid-19, and influenza (H1N1, H3N2, Yamagata, and Victoria sublineages). It is especially crucial to identify them early and take the proper treatment because the initial symptoms are identical. With the RT-PCR, one can quickly and accurately differentiate between the respiratory syncytial virus, SARS-CoV-2, and influenza. Also, maintaining excellent hygiene by regularly washing your hands and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze is crucial to halting the transmission of infections.
How Can Covid And Flu Be Differentiated?
Being tested for COVID or dengue is the best method to determine if you have them. It is crucial to remember that you receive the appropriate form of treatment for both conditions. Also, maintaining excellent hygiene by regularly washing your hands and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze is crucial to halting the transmission of infections.
COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations are both safe and effective
It has been demonstrated that COVID-19 vaccinations offer defence against the disease’s severe illness and fatalities. The COVID-19 vaccine has been given safely to millions of individuals worldwide and has passed strict safety, efficacy, and quality tests. Receiving a vaccination might also shield those close to you. You are less likely to spread the disease to others if you are protected from getting COVID-19.
The COVID-19 vaccination does not offer influenza protection. In order to reduce the risk of developing a serious case of influenza in high-risk populations like pregnant women, people with underlying medical conditions, older adults, healthcare professionals, and young children, WHO recommends vaccinations every year.
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(With Inputs from careerindia)