New Delhi: After coronavirus pandemic, now the world is at risk of a new virus, named H3N2, as it is spreading across the country at an increasing rate, and its cases are also coming to the fore.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines H3N2 as a non-human influenza virus that normally circulates in pigs and that has infected humans. As the H3N2 influenza cases in the country rapidly rise, experts have come out with a list of precautions one needs to take and have said that “there is no need to panic.” Here’s what they feel:
Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services Lt Gen Daljit Singh says,
N3H2 Influenza is a respiratory virus which transmits in the same fashion as the COVID virus. The precautions are also the same and should be practised. There is no cause to worry but precautions should be taken.
Dr Anupam Sibal, Senior Pediatric Consultant of Apollo Hospital, Delhi says,
Virus changes from time to time. Symptoms of influenza virus are appearing after the Covid pandemic. Although its symptoms are almost similar where cough, cold, and fever are commonly seen. But in this virus, it is seen that patients have these symptoms for a long time due to which it is spreading rapidly.
Dr Aditya Bhati, Neurologist, Apollo Hospitals on the other hand, emphasized on healthy lifestyle in order to boost the immune system and added,
The reason why this type of virus has more effect on people’s minds is that people are under a lot of stress. We are always on run. There is a lack of time management and a healthy lifestyle. We are not able to do this. There is no routine of eating and doing exercise. This affects both physically and mentally. It is very important to balance everything for a healthy lifestyle so that we can be healthy both physically and mentally.
He also said the day-to-day stress affects people neurologically. He added,
Although the number of cases from this virus is not high, but we have seen cases of brain stroke due to the virus. This virus affects all the organs of a human being, it has seen more effect on the brain. In cases like brain stroke or brain haemorrhage, the virus has also been found in the brain. It can affect any part of the body. Because of this, our nerves become thin and weak and then build up starts forming in the brain itself. Due to the block of intoxication, blood circulation is not possible.
Explaining about the precautions one should take for this virus, Dr Sibal added,
It is necessary that people take the same precautions that they were taking during Covid, like wearing a mask and washing hands. If symptoms like cough, cold or fever are seen in a person, then it is very important to avoid coming in contact with people. Also, there is a need to take special care of children. Parents should keep in mind that if they are sending children to school or to play outside, they need to ensure that children are not suffering from cough and cold. Take special care of cleanliness. Because through cleanliness and good eating habits, you can stay away from this type of virus.
H3N2 Virus In India
H3N2 has slowly becoming the dominant subtype with around 451 cases being reported across the country between January and March this year — according to the Union Health Ministry data. According to the data the death toll owing to the H3N2 virus has reached nine, the latest being a 73-year old man from Pune, who died after contracting the infection. In the latest development, the health department reported that two new cases of influenza subtype H3N2 have been reported in Gurugram.
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