The measures taken against the coronavirus, which has ravaged the world for about two years, made it possible to see very few flu cases last year. However, this year, warnings are coming from experts against the flu.
According to the news in The Telegraph newspaper, experts warned that flu deaths could be the worst in 50 years. While it was stated that flu cases decreased to 95 percent in 2020 due to measures to combat Covid, it was emphasized that there may be up to 60 thousand flu deaths due to flu this year.
On the other hand, the similarity of coronavirus and flu symptoms also led to the growth of concerns. Speaking to Habertürk, Chest Diseases Specialist Prof. Dr. Muhammed Emin Akkoyunlu said, “Symptoms such as cough, sneezing, fatigue, malaise, runny nose and fever in flu and coronavirus are almost similar to each other, but the outcome and severity of the disease are of course different from each other.”
“THE INDICATOR THAT WE RESPECT THE MEASURES LESS”
Chest Diseases Specialist Prof. Dr. Muhammed Emin Akkoyunlu, “Since the 1860s, flu complaints have been going on every year in the winter months. Due to the pandemic last year, taking very serious measures, reducing social mobility, and applying the mask-distance rule at the same time reduced the flu epidemic seriously, even at all. “Now, with the winter months coming back, we see that the flu epidemic has started again. This is an indication that we follow the measures less.”
“CONCLUSION AND WEIGHT OF THE DISEASE DIFFERENT FROM EACH OTHER”
“Coronavirus falls into a group that generally causes flu infections, that is, upper respiratory infections,” said Prof. Dr. Akkoyunlu continued his words as follows: “When we say flu, we talk about influenza. However, coronavirus is a disease that causes an upper respiratory infection and goes with similar symptoms. Therefore, we expect a larger epidemic in winter. “The symptoms such as malaise, runny nose, and fever are almost similar to each other, but the outcome and severity of the disease are of course different from each other. From the outside, there is no clear distinction that we can specifically say, ‘this is coronavirus or the flu’.”
“IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO DIAGNOSIS BY LOOKING AT THE PROCESS”
prof. Dr. Akkoyunlu said, “Some flu cases can go away with weakness, malaise, and muscle pain, just like in the coronavirus. Apart from that, in some vaccinated people, coronavirus infection can pass like flu symptoms. It is not possible to diagnose and distinguish from each other just by looking at the course.”
CAUTION! THE FLU ALSO KILLS
prof. Dr. Akkoyunlu continued his words as follows: “Last year, we paid particular attention to mask-distance and reduced social activities. We took care not to stay together in closed environments for a long time. As a result, flu symptoms decreased. However, this year, due to serious relaxation, influenza epidemic In addition, the coronavirus is probably increasing despite the vaccine. This means that it will apparently make a new epidemic all over the world. It is also important to know that the flu is also a disease that can cause death. However, it is much more common than Covid-19 infection. It causes death at a low rate. It can go much more severely and cause extra complications. Or it can cause other infections, which we call bacterial, to be added to it. Therefore, one should not be comfortable saying ‘I have the flu, my test was negative’, because flu infections occur every year. These are the infections that cause the death of 250 thousand people.In fact, influenza infections also cause death and death, albeit less frequently. e are infections with a serious transmission potential. For this reason, if people have weakness, malaise, fever, intense and shortness of breath; Whether it’s the flu or corona, they need medical attention and need to see a doctor. At the same time, it is important for them to stay away from them in order to protect their relatives and those around them. The fact that they are not Covid-19 does not mean that the flu infection is innocent. It can cause a disease that threatens the life of the person and his relatives.
“NEGATIVE TEST DOES NOT MEAN IT IS NOT COVID-19”
Stating that certain clinical data are looked at when distinguishing diseases, Prof. Dr. Akkoyunlu said, “We take swab tests and PCR tests from the person. At this point, we can clearly say that a positive PCR test is one of the clearest indications that the patient has a Covid-19 infection. In other words, if the test is positive, this patient is 99 percent Covid-19. However, the negative test does not mean that the patient does not have Covid-19.
prof. Dr. Akkoyunlu said that following the mask, distance and hygiene measures plays a vital role in order to protect against the flu cases, which increased by 40 percent compared to last year.