Caseloads of flu – a contagious illness caused by influenza virus – are on the rise in the country, doctors told Khaleej Times, as they also noted a new trend of recurring symptoms in patients.
“For two weeks, we are seeing an increase in cases. We observed a rise in influenza and flu infections following the pandemic period when there was a lack of natural immunity and people had become more susceptible. Now the cold and dry seasons also help the virus spread faster,” said Dr Gunasekharan Bathrachala Reddy, head of department and specialist internal medicine, LLH Hospital, Abu Dhabi.
Persistent cough, other complications
Usually, symptoms include fever, head and body ache, sore throat, cough and cold, running nose, which subside after a few days. But doctors are now finding issues of persistent cough among patients for more than 2-3 weeks despite medication, and development of other complications in some cases.
Take a flu shot, wear a mask
Dr Reddy recommended that patients follow hygiene protocols and stressed on community members getting a flu shot.
“We need to follow good hand hygiene, and wear face masks to avoid developing serious infections and complications. Most importantly, take the flu jab, to reduce the spread of influenza. The other measures include avoiding close contact with people who are sick. If you have any symptoms, you should preferably stay at home. It is essential to follow safety precautions like avoiding crowded and closed spaces and maintaining social distance during this season when there is a significant increase in flu cases.”
Dr Reddy underlined that individuals must consult a doctor if they find any symptoms of flu.
“Any patient who suspects flu or a common cold or who is already infected should seek medical attention as soon as possible to receive the best management and care,” Dr Reddy said.
Dr Ahmed added: “You need to go to the emergency department if your heart rate is high, or experience continuous vomiting, dizziness, low blood pressure and low oxygen in the body.”
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