Advisory to the General public regarding Influenza and other Respiratory Illnesses

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In view of the recent media reports of a surge in respiratory illness among children in China and taking note of the WHO statement on these reported cases, the increase in respiratory illness among children is attributed to usual causes like Influenza, Mycoplasma pneumonia, SARS-CoV-2, etc, and not due to any other unusual pathogen. Seasonal flu is an infectious disease that spreads from person to person through the cough or sneeze of a person with the flu, or through contact with droplets.

• This self-limiting disease lasts for 5-7 days and causes low morbidity and mortality. At-risk populations include infants, the elderly, pregnant women, immunocompromised and those taking long-term medications, particularly steroids would require hospitalization.

•Fever, chills, malaise, loss of appetite, myalgia, nausea, sneezing and dry cough lasting several days and sudden onset of malaise are common symptoms of this disease which may last up ot 3 weeks in high-risk populations.

In this regard, the following Do’s and Dont’s are given to hte public for prevention and control of Influenza and other such respiratory illnesses.

DO’s and Dont’s

• Cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief or tissue when you cough or sneeze.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth unnecessarily.

•Avoid visiting crowded places and fi visiting such places use a face mask.

•Maintain basic minimum distance from persons affected with flue.

•Sleep adequately, be physically active and deal with stress effectively

•Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious food

•Avoid spitting in public.

•Avoid travel to places with high incidence of Influenza and other respiratory illnesses whichever is longer.

IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE INFLUENZA/ FLU:

• Visit the nearest Govt. Health Care Centre fi the Influenza Like Illness (ILI) occurs.

• Stay at home, do not travel or go to work or shool; Use face mask for protection.

• Avoid close contact with others for at least 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours,

• Report ot nearest Govt Health facilitiy if symptoms aggravate; the symptoms being fever, chills, malaise, loss of appetite, body aches, nausea, sneezing and prolonged dry cough typically in connection

• The high risk population may experience the symptoms up to 3 weeks. Do not self medicate or take medicines / anitbioitics without consulting your doctor, and follow the medical advice appropriately.

• IDSP-NCDC Advisory on Seasonal Flu is attached to this document for information of public.

 

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