Unusual temperatures are a breeding ground for diseases such as influenza and pneumonia.
WARNING SIGNS. You should watch out for high fever or chest pain.
When it became known that this winter’s temperatures would be unusual, doctors and climate scientists warned that this season would be a problem for allergy sufferers. But that’s not all: Respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, bronchiolitis, and influenza are on the rise at this time of year. The fact is that in a warm climate, viruses and bacteria find the best conditions for spreading; In addition, 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 Argentine Ministry of Health, there have been about 531,600 cases of ILI (influenza-type illness), 89,000 cases of pneumonia, 117,800 cases of bronchiolitis in children under two years of age, and 10,000 cases of hospitalization of acute respiratory infections to date, according to the Argentine Ministry of Health. (SARI). 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%. These diseases not only 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 can also be affected,” he explained. Leandro Chrysostom, a clinician at Boreal Salud, the institution said in a statement. “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.
To minimize the chances of these conditions occurring, experts have circulated the following tips:
• Influenza vaccination. Seeing a health worker and getting a flu vaccine is a key strategy to protect yourself and reduce the spread of the virus.
• Cleanliness and Hygiene: Wash your hands with soap and water, use hand sanitizers, and keep common areas clean.
• Balanced diet: A diet rich in vitamins and minerals will strengthen the immune system and make it more resistant to disease.
• Adequate ventilation: ensure that rooms are properly ventilated and avoid sudden changes in temperature when entering heated rooms.
• Primary health care: regular visits to a doctor and correct diagnosis, forms of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation are essential to the treatment of any disease.