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Experts warn spike in swine flu cases in Delhi, urge people to take precautions

Flagging disruptions in flu vaccination for the final two years owing to the Covid pandemic, specialists have warned that there could possibly be an outbreak of swine flu and different viral diseases in the capital.

Delhi is witnessing a rise in swine flu cases. Experts have urged people to put on masks and cling to social distancing norms.

Dr Vishakh Varma, senior guide and HoD, Critical Care Medicine at Aakash Healthcare, mentioned, “Since the signs of swine flu are fairly comparable to the widespread chilly, people typically do not take it severely in the preliminary phases till it turns into important.”

He added, “A swine flu affected person often goes by way of burning / sore throat, nostril and stomach ache and cough. There is an extra symptom of shortness of breath.”

Suggesting the measures to avoid infection, he stressed that it’s imperative to maintain good hydration, hand hygiene, cough hygiene (cough and sneezing in disposable tissue), and suitable disposal of this infected waste material. 

Dr Manoj Goel, Director, Pulmonology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram, explaing the reason behind the surge in cases said, “due to the pandemic, the flu vaccination was disrupted which could be responsible for an increase in swine flu cases.”

“There could be a swine flu outbreak due to the situation,” he mentioned.

He asserted that masking up and following social distancing norms will assist guard one towards swine flu.

His colleague, Dr Vikas Maurya, Director and HOD, Pulmonology, Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh, additionally added that swine flu cases are rising and people sufferers are additionally requiring hospitalisation.

This, he mentioned, comes amid a slight improve in variety of Covid-19 sufferers needing hospitalisation.

Dr Varma has really useful that people ought to get themselves vaccinated with a quadriplegic flu vaccine shot earlier than the height of the season and for well being care / high-risk cases. 

“Our hospital has encountered a case of swine flu, where the patient had a fever, cough and cold for three days. He even developed breathing difficulties a couple of hours before getting admitted to the hospital. The patient is also a diabetic and on maintenance dialysis due to his CKD,” he mentioned.

Dr Jugal Kishore, head of group drugs, Safdarjung Hospital, mentioned, “In August-September, we see a spike in cases and every two-three years, there is a cycle when such spikes happen.

“The causes is likely to be decline in immunity or some new variant rising. Although there’s vaccination, however nobody goes for it. People ought to get vaccinated. This swine flu season may proceed until November-December,” he said.

He advised people to get vaccinated in April and May.

How to distinguish between the symptoms of Covid and swine flu?

Dr Manoj Goel, Director, Pulmonology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram explains the difference between the symptoms of Covid and swine flu, “In Covid, the issue of respiratory misery arises in the second week and in the primary week, sufferers have signs like fever, cough, and so on however in the case of swine flu, shortness of breath, respiratory misery will begin proper from the primary week.”

With inputs from PTI.

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