Bronchiolitis, rhinopharyngitis – our well-known runny nose, angina, gastroenteritis and soon the flu – seasonal viruses that we forgot about due to COVID -19 are returning with cold weather, he writes bg-voice.com.
Everyone notices this in everyday life – at work or at school – symptoms such as cough, headache, stuffy nose are becoming more common without being caused by COVID.
According to health authorities, in France, “the incidence of acute respiratory inflammation (fever and respiratory symptoms) in GP surgeries has been increasing since September”.
This can be explained by the circulation of other respiratory viruses other than the causative agent COVID SARS-CoV-2, writes the new bulletin of medical practice “Santinel”.
The return of seasonal viruses makes sense in early fall. It is, however, in the context of Kovid. Last year, due to closure and strict sanitation, these viruses circulated less than usual.
As a result, “it is very possible that the population’s immunity has declined,” epidemiologist Sybil Bernard-Stocklen explains in a video released by the French Public Health Agency.
“Because of this decline in collective immunity to these viruses, epidemics may be stronger this year.” He cites bronchiolitis and influenza as examples.
To avoid them, experts recommend not to forget about cautionary gestures, even to weaken the Kovid epidemic.
“There is some relaxation, a lot of people are already giving it up,” he told AFP. Fabien Kosher, president of the French Association of Outpatient Pediatrics.
“We need to remember basic safety measures, such as strict hand hygiene. This is typical of gastroenteritis – they cause diseases of dirty hands.
“Daily gestures – washing hands, wearing masks, especially indoors, regularly ventilating the home, staying home when a person is sick – are very effective against these viruses,” said Sybil Bernard-Stoiklen.
In addition to mild colds, there is a much more dangerous opponent – the flu, whose season usually begins in November-December.
Health authorities therefore strongly recommend vaccination for at-risk people (adults and those with fragile health) who are also most at risk due to severe COVID-19.