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For the past few days, Kovid-19 has also come into discussion on the occasion of H3N2 flu. H3N2 flu is being compared to Covid-19. Schools were also closed for 15 days in one Indian state. This is called a panic decision. This also proves that we have not learned much from the Kovid-19 pandemic that broke out three years ago. First of all, it is important to remember that there is no scientific evidence that a new wave of Covid-19 is coming in the future. In fact, this is the first time since the beginning of the Covid-19 that no new variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been declared dangerous. On March 15, the WHO Technical Expert Group has now downplayed the risk of Omicron. This was an earlier variant of concern for Covid. There is currently no new dangerous variant, so the chance of a new wave is zero.

Secondly, why is it being said that the number of covid cases is at its highest in the last four months? This is a misinterpretation of the data. As flu cases increase, people with symptoms are also being tested for Covid-19. Therefore, more patients are being detected. That is, increased patients are associated with increased testing. For the last eight months, Kovid-19 has become endemic in India. People have developed immunity naturally through natural infection or vaccination. Now if no new dangerous variant of covid is found, we can easily forget about it.

It is true that people are getting colds this season, but the ongoing talk about H3N2 flu is also exaggerated. It is being described as a new virus and is being compared to Covid. Both of these things are not correct. H3N2 is a subclass of the influenza virus group, which has been known for over a century. It first spread rapidly in 1968, leading to an epidemic situation. In comparison, Covid was a completely new virus. Second, effective anti-viral drugs and vaccines are already available to treat H3N2. Deaths due to H3N2 flu have also hit the news in India, as if it had happened for the first time. Today, the flu virus makes between 50 and 60 million people seriously ill worldwide each year, and three hundred thousand of them die. Flu virus subtypes follow a seasonal pattern and change every year. There is nothing new in this. The new variant activated this year is the H3N2. Another variant is H1N1. More patients are also being found due to immunity date. Immunity deficit is a situation where, for some reason, we are not exposed to any virus, increasing the chance of getting sick from it in the future. Due to masks and other restrictions, people’s exposure to respiratory viruses has not increased in the past three years. That’s why more people are now getting sick from exposure. But, this should not be a cause for concern. Children younger than 5 years, pregnant women, or the elderly above 65 years of age are more likely to become seriously ill. You don’t need to change your daily routine. Despite this, precautions can be taken to avoid direct contact with people suffering from the flu. There are no antibiotics available to treat H3N2 flu. Only anti-viral can be effective on this. But, this should be an occasion for us to introspect that despite the Covid pandemic, there has been no change in our style of dealing with infectious diseases. The communication system of the government is also weak and works to spread terror among the people. In critical health related matters press conference procedures should be followed as during Covid. Closing schools in haste is not the solution. (These are the personal views of the author.) Dr. Chandrakant Lahariya Famous Doctor [email protected]

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