Australian flu epidemic
The current influenza epidemic was named ‘Australian’ because it was already spreading on the oceanic continent in the winter months of August. Now reaching Australia, there is an immediate rise in incidence in the population.
How is seasonal influenza transmitted?
Like all influenza viruses, the Australian flu is transmitted by air and contact. That is, it is transmitted through direct or indirect contact with an area contaminated by droplets (droplets) expelled by coughing or sneezing or secretions expelled from the respiratory tract.
Australian flu symptoms
Australian flu symptoms are typical of seasonal flu, including:
- high fever,
- widespread muscle pain,
- sore throat,
In some cases, nausea, vomiting Diarrhea may also occur, especially in children.
How to distinguish between influenza and Covid-19?
The symptoms of Covid-19 and the flu are very similar, especially Cerberus and Gryphon, the latest variants of Omicron 5, easily confused with the common cold.
So the first rule to distinguish between influenza and Covid-19 is to take a swab.
In fact, coronavirus should not be underestimated. Because, parallel to flu infections, Covid infections could start to rise again. Hospitalizations and intensive care are on the rise, according to the latest data from the GIMBE Foundation. The infection is stable and may be underestimated as no positive reactions have been reported after DIY swabs.
How long does the Australian flu last?
The average duration of the flu is about 5 days. For most people he recovers within a week to 10 days.
Vulnerable age groups (those with chronic conditions, infants and the elderly) are at higher risk of more serious complications such as pneumonia and exacerbation of underlying conditions.
The incubation period is about 2 days, and infection occurs within 5 days after the onset of symptoms.
How is seasonal flu treated?
For healthy people, flu treatment is based on rest and hydration. It is recommended that you avoid work or school for a week and drink plenty of water. pain.
Remember, with the flu virus, relying on antibiotics is pointless.
The use of antiviral drugs for influenza is recommended only in selected cases, given the uncertainty of results and frequent side effects.
Anyone who is frail, over the age of 65, or has a critical health condition should contact their primary care physician as soon as possible so that they can receive the most appropriate medication for their condition.
Australia and flu vaccines
The Ministry of Health recommends observing basic hygiene rules for influenza prevention. That means washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze, isolating yourself, and avoiding contact with others if you feel the first flu symptoms.
Influenza vaccines are also available for all people aged 6 months to 6 years, adults over age 65, pregnant women, and anyone at high risk of influenza-related complications or hospitalization (including those with chronic illnesses). Highly recommended. illness and caregiver).
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