In recent times, we have been hearing frequently about a virus named Influenza A virus subtype H3N2. Check out the blog to understand what this virus is all about, the symptoms and whether you need to take any necessary precautions to get away with it. So without any further ado, let's get going :)
Viral infection has become a major problem in this world, especially in recent times. It is however common that people across the planet face health issues such as cough, cold or fever due to seasonal transition. But this time, it turned out to be a twist as a lot of people started getting affected by an unknown virus. In December 2022, this viral infection was reported nationwide. After this report, we see the number of cases has increased recently. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has given a warning on March 3rd, 2023, that these symptoms have suddenly increased in some patients like nausea and diarrhoea may be due to the Influenza A virus subtype H3N2. If you see a cough or other flu-like symptoms for a longer period of time in you or any other person in your family or around your neighbourhood, it is advised to consult the doctor to keep things safe.
What is Influenza A virus subtype H3N2?
-Influenza A virus subtype H3N2, or simply H3N2 is a swine flu infection and also a subtype of infection A virus (which is why it is called that way). This virus was first detected in 1968. In 1968, this virus caused a lot of genetic changes. Four types of infectious viruses are - A, B, C and D, but A and D types are such types of viruses that cause seasonal respiratory illness in human beings on a frequent basis. -According to the IMA, the symptoms of this virus remain for 5-7 days and this virus also causes fever which subsides after 3 days, but coughing and sneezing persist for 3 weeks so people don't have to panic in this. -To avoid the H3N2 virus, we have to take some precautions like getting the flu vaccine (in case you have been suggested by your doctor), staying hygienic and maintaining social distancing (Just like what we did during the pandemic).
It is important for us to know the symptoms of H3N2. Only then will we be able to save ourselves and our loved ones. The symptoms of H3N2 influenza are High fever (above 100.4°F or 38°C), Dry cough and Sore throat, Fatigue, Muscle aches and pains, Headache, Runny or stuffy nose, Nausea and vomiting, and Diarrhoea. In some cases, H3N2 positive can cause some problems such as pneumonia, which is more common in people whose immune system is weak and also in young children.
We have to take some precautions to prevent H3N2 transmission, these include Washing our hands properly (For appropriate time), Using hand sanitiser when we travel, Covering our mouth and nose when we cough or sneeze, Wearing a face mask in crowded areas, Staying home when you're sick so that the virus does not spread to others, Eat more greens and fresh fruits to improve your immune system.
The IMA advised not to take antibiotics (if possible) like Azithromycin and Amoxicillin, which can lead to antibiotic resistance. In such a situation, we must take medical advice before taking the medicine. Some treatments of H3N2 that can be carried out to promote faster recovery of patients are taking ample amounts of rest, staying hydrated by consuming plenty of fluids, eating homemade low-fat and spice food, and using warm salt water for sore throat.
Our final take on H3N2!
The H3N2 virus is a contagious respiratory illness that has been causing sensations across the nation in recent times. The Final take is that there is nothing to panic about this virus. As we had already triumphed over COVID-19, we really think it's not a big deal to handle the H3N2. With that being said. it is essential to follow proper hygiene and sanitation, maintain a healthy diet and keep your immune system tight. So stay safe and take good care of yourself and your loved ones. After all, Health is Wealth :)
Until then, we hope that this blog post was able to give you a better understanding of the H3N2 virus. If you felt that reading this blog was worth your time, then feel free to share this blog post with your friends and family. Thank you for your valuable time. Image Source: Unsplash.
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