Is Swine Flu season beginning? Who is at risk for infection? All you need to know

New Delhi: There is an upward trend in Swine Flu Cases in Maharashtra this year according to the state health department report. The state reported 142 cases between January 1 and July 21, including 7 deaths. This has led to a lot of concern among people about the contagious virus that first appeared in 2009. Swine flu, scientifically known as H1N1 flu, is a type of influenza A virus. It is caused by the H1N1 strain of the flu virus and is now known as a seasonal flu. It was discovered in 2009 by scientists and had infected people all over the world. According to Mayo Clinic, the virus is a combination of viruses from birds, pigs and humans.

Is the swine flu season back?

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In an interview with ANI, doctors were asked to comment on rising swine flu cases and point out to the general public whether they should be concerned about the viral infection. “The swine flu season is starting. It’s caused by the influenza virus, which is found in pigs. Symptoms of the swine flu are fever, sore throat and runny nose, so it’s mainly upper respiratory symptoms,” says Dr. Avi Kumar, Sr Consultant Pulmonology at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Delhi.

Who is at risk of contracting the swine flu?

dr. Kumar further said: “Swine flu generally spreads from people who handle pigs, human-to-human transmission can happen. So it is important to wash hands regularly. You should not go to crowded places. Elderly patients and people with comorbidities are at risk.”

Apart from this, Dr. S. Chatterjee, Senior Consultant Internal Medicine at Indraprastha Apollo also said that swine flu can affect other organs of the body.

“Swine flu can affect other organs of the body, it can have different symptoms if it affects different organs. Prevention of infection is possible by wearing a mask. Not too many cases have been reported in Delhi,” he said.

How do you protect yourself against the swine flu?

Flu vaccination is the most effective way to prevent swine flu infections. There are also other precautions that are very similar to Covid-19 precautions, such as:

  1. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and wash your hands afterwards

  2. Be sure to sanitize surfaces before touching them

  3. Do not touch your face such as eyes, nose and mouth in public places

  4. Wash your hands occasionally. Using soap and water is the best option, but you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if that is not available

  5. Keep social distance from people in crowded places and during peak flu time

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