H3N2 Influenza: H3N2 influenza is spreading rapidly, these tips will help you to avoid this virus


H3N2 Influenza Virus Symptoms: People were struggling with the corona epidemic in the country now for the last two-three months the influenza virus H3N2 has wreaked havoc. After Corona, the influenza virus H3N2 is spreading rapidly in the country. Its symptoms are also like that of the flu virus including fever and cough like a corona. Doctors suggest that the virus is not life-threatening under normal circumstances. Hospitalization of people with this virus is not very common and hospitalization has been reported in only 5 per cent of cases.


Could you be infected?
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the virus was detected in at least 92% of hospitalized severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) patients and up to 86% were coughing. In addition, 27% had symptoms of shortness of breath and 16% had symptoms of wheezing. Additionally, 16% had symptoms of pneumonia and 6% presented with seizures. An infected person may also experience gastric problems like diarrhoea and vomiting. This common flu virus is quite common in children and the elderly from December to March.

Who is the weakest?
According to experts, along with the elderly, children are also most affected by seasonal influenza including the H3N2 virus. Children with asthma, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and a weakened immune system are at increased risk of getting infected. However, proper treatment can help in a faster recovery.

How long does it take to recover?
The infection usually lasts for about five to seven days. The fever may subside at the end of three days. Cough can persist for a long time even in case of mild infection. If the cough is increasing and the fever continues to rise even after three days, it is best to contact your doctor again.


How to avoid getting infected
It is necessary to maintain cleanliness to prevent the spread of infection through respiratory droplets. Avoid crowded places and wear a mask in public places. Wash your hands with soap and water, especially before eating and after travelling. Use hand sanitiser whenever you cannot wash your hands. Avoid coming in contact with infected people.