BUENOS AIRES (city ofANDdigital) Respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia, bronchiolitis, and influenza increase markedly at this time of year due to viruses and bacteria finding an environment conducive to their spread when people tend to spend more time indoors and with less ventilation. However, there are ways to prevent them through proper hygiene, a complete vaccination schedule, and proper nutrition.
According to the latest data published by the Argentine Ministry of Health in the National Epidemiological Bulletin, there were 531,596 cases of ILI (an influenza-type illness), 89,031 cases of pneumonia, 117,836 cases of bronchiolitis in children under two years of age, and 10,131 cases of the disease. hospitalization for acute respiratory infection (SARI).
It was also found that among the samples analyzed by RT-PCR, among the samples analyzed by RT-PCR, the calculated for Epidemiological Week (EW) 28/2023 positive positive reaction in outpatient departments is 9.47% for SARS-CoV -2, 16.46% for influenza and RSV 2.70%. In addition, 43 people have died with the flu this year.
“We see that the most common diseases at this time of year are pneumonia with 40% of positive cases, bronchiolitis with 30% and influenza with 20%. Not only do these diseases pose a health risk, but groups such as young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems or pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and immunosuppression may be even more affected,” he explained. Leandro ChrysostomClinician of the Boreal Salud (MP 3850).
In this sense, experts share some recommendations for the prevention of seasonal diseases.
flu vaccination: Contacting a healthcare professional and getting vaccinated against the flu is a key strategy to protect yourself and reduce the spread of the virus.
Cleaning and hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water, use hand sanitizers and keep common areas clean.
Balanced Diet: Eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals will strengthen the immune system for greater resistance to disease.
adequate ventilation: Properly ventilate enclosed spaces and avoid sudden temperature changes when entering heated spaces.
First aid: Regular visits to the doctor and getting the right diagnosis, forms of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation are essential to treat any disease.
“It is important to be aware of warning signs that may indicate a more serious illness than just the flu or a cold. If persistent symptoms are observed, such as a high fever that does not go down, shortness of breath, chest pain, parallel transmission from family to family, or a progressive deterioration in the general condition, seek medical attention immediately. These signs may indicate complications that require prompt evaluation and treatment.” added the doctor.
Protecting yourself in winter is not just something to do during this time, over the years it is important to lead a healthy lifestyle, eat right, exercise regularly, stay hydrated and always consult a healthcare professional to get an adequate diagnosis of any complication. . and a personalized treatment plan. (ANDdigital)