Hyderabad Grapples with Tricky Flu Season Amidst Rising Covid Concerns

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The city of Hyderabad and its neighboring districts are facing a healthcare challenge as symptoms of the common flu and the new JN.1 variant of Covid-19 appear indistinguishable. Senior doctors are expressing concerns over the difficulty in diagnosing the exact cause of the ailment, as both conditions share similar flu-like symptoms.

The region is currently experiencing chilly overcast weather conditions accompanied by early morning fog, leading to a surge in upper and lower respiratory infections. General physicians in both government and private healthcare facilities are witnessing a notable increase in patients with bacterial and viral respiratory tract infections. The outpatient facilities are inundated with individuals presenting symptoms such as dry cough, body pains, and fevers, which are characteristic of both the common flu and COVID-19.

Dr. Vyakarnam Nageshwar, an allergy specialist and founder of Integrated Allergy Standards of India, notes the challenge of differentiating between viral and bacterial infections. Patients who initiate treatment early seem to recover faster than those who delay treatment, making it a complex period for both patients and caregivers.

Physicians are advising that if symptoms persist despite treatment, patients should undergo a COVID test and, if positive, be placed under isolation and appropriate treatment. The recovery period for both bacterial and viral infections is generally positive, but the ongoing inclement weather conditions have contributed to an increase in such cases.

Dr. Mahaboob Khan, Superintendent of Chest Hospital, observes a surge in chest infections and viral fevers in the past fortnight. While there is an increase in positive Covid cases, the majority of patients are recovering normally. Dr. Khan emphasizes the importance of avoiding contact with adverse weather conditions.

Adding to the healthcare challenges, chicken pox is making its seasonal appearance. Dr. Sivaranjani Santosh, a Developmental Pediatrician in Hyderabad, advises caution, especially for children. Chicken pox, characterized by pimple-like lesions that develop into blisters and scabs, can lead to complications such as pneumonia and brain infection. Dr. Santosh recommends vaccination at 15 months of birth, with a second dose 3 to 6 months later, particularly for children and older individuals who face a higher risk of complications.

As Hyderabad grapples with this confluence of seasonal ailments and the ongoing pandemic, healthcare professionals are urging residents to remain vigilant, seek prompt medical attention, and adhere to preventive measures to curb the spread of infections.

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