Swine flu scare grips Delhi; seasonal flu cases also on rise

By Jasleen Kaur -- August 12, 2021 8:03 pm -- Updated:August 12, 2021 8:07 pm

With the weather oscillating between hot and rainy, hospitals in Delhi are reporting a rise in the cases of seasonal flu and swine flu influenza. As per reports, the cases are more this year as compared to the last year.

In 2009, swine flu had led to a pandemic in India and other countries, but over the past few years, there has been a significant reduction in the cases.

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Dr Atul Gogia from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said, "In our hospital, 80 per cent are cases of seasonal flu and 20 per cent are of swine flu."

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"Covid cases are also here. Since symptoms are similar to Covid, people are getting their tests done, but most of them are reporting seasonal flu or swine flu," said Dr Atul Gogia.

According to Dr Rommel Tickoo, Director, Internal Medicine of Max Healthcare, "A lot of patients are coming into our OPDs with flu-like symptoms, high fever, bodyache, cough and cold. Most of them are recovering in five to seven days with symptomatic treatments, and don't need hospitalisation."

Dr Tickoo explained that people should not panic and should take all required precautionary measures to protect themselves.

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"Swine flu symptoms are similar to those of Covid-19. However, there is no need to panic. But, yes you have to get tested for Covid-19. Almost everyone is recovering without any hospitalisation nowadays. We still have to take precautions. Follow Covid-19 protocols by wearing masks and stay away from crowded places," he said.

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-PTC News with inputs from ANI


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