H3N2 Virus: No Need To Panic, Health Lifestyle Key To Prevent Infection: Expert
N3H2 Influenza is a respiratory virus which transmits in the same fashion as the COVID virus. The precautions are also the same and should be practised. There is no cause to worry but precautions should be taken
Amid rising concerns about the H3N2 Influenza infection in the country, health experts emphasized living a healthy lifestyle and precautionary measures in order to prevent the disease. Even though COVID cases have reduced, now a new virus H3N2 has started spreading.
According to experts, there is nothing to panic about this virus, but there is a need to be careful so that the infection can be avoided. Lt Gen Daljit Singh, Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services said, "N3H2 Influenza is a respiratory virus which transmits in the same fashion as the COVID virus. The precautions are also the same and should be practised. There is no cause to worry but precautions should be taken."
Dr Anupam Sibal, senior pediatric consultant, Apollo Hospital, Delhi said "Virus changes from time to time. Symptoms of influenza virus are appearing after the COVID pandemic. Although its symptoms are almost similar where cough, cold, and fever are commonly seen. But in this virus, it is seen that patients have these symptoms for a long time due to which it is spreading rapidly."
Dr Aditya Bhati, neurologist, Apollo Hospitals emphasized on healthy lifestyle in order to boost the immune system and said that "The reason why this type of virus has more effect on people's minds is that people are under a lot of stress. We are always on run. There is a lack of time management and a healthy lifestyle. We are not able to do this. There is no routine of eating and doing exercise. This affects both physically and mentally. It is very important to balance everything for a healthy lifestyle so that we can be healthy both physically and mentally."
He said the day-to-day stress affects people neurologically. Asked about what impact the virus impact the brain and nervous system, Dr Bhati said although the number is not high cases of brain stroke have also been seen.
"Although this virus affects all the organs of a human being, it has seen more effect on the brain. In cases like brain stroke or brain haemorrhage, the virus has also been found in the brain. It can affect any part of the body. Because of this, our nerves become thin and weak and then build up starts forming in the brain itself. Although their number is not high, cases of brain stroke have also been seen. Due to the block of intoxication, blood circulation is not possible," he said.