Bronchiolitis, rhinopharyngitis – our familiar runny nose, angina, gastroenteritis and soon the flu – seasonal viruses we forgot because of COVID-19 are returning with cold weather, writes bg-voice.com.
Everyone is noticing this in everyday life – at work or school – symptoms like cough, headache, stuffy nose are becoming more common than not caused by COVID.
In France, “the incidence of acute respiratory inflammation (fever and respiratory symptoms) in general practitioners’ offices has been increasing since September”, according to medical authorities.
This can be explained by the circulation of other respiratory viruses other than the causative agent COVID SARS-CoV-2, the new medical practice bulletin “Santinel” states.
The return of seasonal viruses makes sense in early autumn. But in the context of Covid. Last year, these viruses circulated less than usual due to closures and strict cleaning.
As a result, epidemiologist Sybil Bernard-Stocklen explains in a video released by the French Public Health Agency, “It’s very likely that the population’s immunity will be reduced.”
“Due to this decline in collective immunity to these viruses, outbreaks may be stronger this year.” He cites bronchiolitis and the flu as an example.
To avoid them, experts advise not to forget about precautionary actions, even to weaken the Kovid epidemic.
President of the French Association of Outpatient Pediatrics, Dr. “There is some relief, a lot of people are giving up on it,” Fabien Kosher told AFP.
“We need to remember the basic precautions, such as strict hand hygiene. This is typical gastroenteritis – they cause diseases of dirty hands.
“Daily actions – washing hands, wearing a mask, regularly airing homes, especially indoors, staying at home when someone is sick – are very effective against these viruses,” Sybil Bernard-Stoiklen said.
In addition to the mild cold, there is a much more dangerous opponent – the flu, whose season usually begins in November-December.
For this reason, health authorities strongly recommend vaccinating people at risk (adults and people with sensitive health) who are also most at risk for severe COVID-19.