British Health Minister Sajid Javid recently said that it is necessary to learn to accept the existence of covid and look for ways to deal with it, as in the case of the flu, Pitt points out. He reminds us that we commonly conceive of seasonal flu as a disease that can be infected by anyone, we vaccinate only those who are prone to complications, and we treat patients with serious symptoms, such as pneumonia.
“In other cases, people can do whatever they want“The scientist writes, adding that the number of deaths associated with influenza worldwide reaches four hundred thousand in the current year. She admits that we must find a way to live with covid-19, but statistics suggest that the time is far from they treated the same as the flu.
Since 2020, more than 180 million covid diseases have been documented worldwide, killing at least 4 million people, the academic said. He notes that, in addition, the effects of so-called long covid have not been fully investigated and that in a tenth of patients the problems persist for more than 12 weeks after infection, so that at present the health effects of the disease on the population remain greater than for influenza.
It is also known to be more contagious in covid, as evidenced by the fact that anti-civic measures from the last 18 months have almost wiped out the flu, but are clearly not enough to stop the spread of covid, Pitt said. He recalls that the number of flu cases was close to zero in the southern hemisphere in mid-2020, as well as in Europe and North America this winter.
Even in countries with a high number of covid diseases such as South Africa and the United Kingdom, there has been almost no case of influenza, the expert points out. This suggests that the methods commonly used to fight the flu will have a different impact on covid-19, and the same approach may lead to more infections and deaths than is typical of the flu season.
“Of course, SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes covid-19 – shares some properties with influenza viruses, which makes the comparison attractive“Pittová points out. She points out that a fifth of those infected with this coronavirus have no symptoms, just as many do not have the flu.
Both viruses are also prone to mutations, and the serious course is particularly threatened by the elderly and immunocompromised individuals, not by healthy young adults, the expert admits. He adds that both diseases are also spreading rapidly in nursing homes, hospitals and schools.
However, norovirus has similar properties, which may not cause symptoms in some infected people and mutate to such an extent that several strains may appear in the same hospital during one season, the author comments. He points out that during the spread, norovirus can change to such an extent that new versions do not capture common tattoo sets.
Most norovirus patients suffer from diarrhea, and some patients vomit steadily, Pitt outlines. He explains that this creates virus-filled aerosols that spread through the room and float to surfaces until someone catches them, much like respiratory viruses. Even covid is manifested by diarrhea in some patients, so the flu is not the only disease with which covid can be compared, the scientist notes.
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“There are also many differences between SARS-CoV-2 and norovirus, so for a comparison?“Asks the question.” He replies that as vaccination and other measures bring the virus under control, more and more countries will release lockdowns, reduce social contacts and wear veils, but covid epidemics must be expected for years to come and there must be plans for how to proceed during them.
Pitt believes that our knowledge to date treats SARS-CoV-2 in plans for such epidemics as norovirus rather than influenza. He explains that in the case of norovirus, infected people are isolated, parents are encouraged to leave children with symptoms at home, and infected people in hospitals and nursing homes are separated, while staff there wear protective equipment and carefully disinfect surfaces.
The future management of covid will require similar interventions, so the disease should be compared with norovirus, not with the flu, the expert declares. He notes that good hygiene measures have been put in place during the pandemic, such as more frequent hand washing and ventilation. It also recommends that people who have no problem wearing veils continue to use them indoors and in public transport.
“These simple measures can help stop the spread of many viral diseases – whether influenza, norovirus or covidu-19 – before more action is needed.“Pitt believes.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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