The arrival of winter, with the drop in temperatures, causes the weather to begin to arrive. epidemic waves of the flu and bronchiolitis.
In the case of Catalonia, the cases of flu, bronchiolitis and COVID-19 have increased considerably in recent years seven days. Furthermore, this year there are almost thousand more cases diagnosed of flu compared to the same week in 2022.
Even so, the transmission levels are still low, but the evolutionary trend of the three types of viruses shows that we could already find ourselves in the start of winter epidemic waves.
Jose Gomezbelonging to the CEU San Pablo University, has declared that “it is possible that the flu season will increase throughout these months, until, after christmascases increase more intensely.”
This year, although the flu has arrived later and not as many cases are expected as in 2022, the virus will be more resistant. What’s more, healing is slowed down because 75% of the population does not treat all symptoms, while 40% do not seek any remedy until thethe situation gets worse.
Added to this is an added risk factor, since COVID-19 and the flu share very similar symptoms, so we could be confusing the two diseases. Emphasize that it is possible to have COVID-19 and the flu at the same time.
Highlight that the lack of a first wave this year, has experts expecting something very similar to a seasonal flu from other years prior to the pandemic.
What to do if you get the flu?
In the event that you catch the flu, it is recommended that you go to a health care center Where you will have a physical exam. Even so, in some cases it is not necessary to do a test because, if there are many cases of flu, the doctor can diagnose you directly based on symptoms. If you want to make sure, you always have the possibility of taking a polymerase chain reaction test, better known by its acronym. PCR.
Treatment is usually based on rest and drink plenty of fluids. However, in serious cases, you may have to resort to some antiviral medication that helps you reduce the duration of the disease and prevents possible serious complications.
Some of the best-known remedies to deal with the flu are to drink plenty of fluids, sleep to help the immune system in your fight against infection and take some analgesic like ibuprofen.
Finally, it is recommended that stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus. If it is unavoidable, it is advisable to wear a mask and wash your hands frequently.