During the coronavirus process, the most flu and cold cases decreased, thanks to masks, distance and hygiene; With time, it is observed that especially the flu cases return severely. Cold infections, which have a more aggressive course compared to the years before the pandemic, are called "super flu" among the people. Superflu also affects children significantly. From Memorial Şişli Hospital Pediatrics Department, Uz. Dr. Seda Günhar gave information about "Super flu".
respiratory tract infection; is an infection of the lungs, airways, sinuses, or throat. Respiratory infections can occur throughout the year, but there is a significant increase in these infections during the fall and winter months, when people tend to spend more time indoors.
Flu cases are on the rise
Many measures we took during the pandemic, such as social distance, mask and hand disinfectant, were causing a serious decrease in respiratory tract infections. However, this year, the number of respiratory tract infections such as colds and flu (influenza) is starting to increase again, as the restrictions ease and people come together more due to vaccination.
PCR test negative but symptoms like Covid-19
As the weather starts to get colder, many people are faced with colds and flu, but more aggressive infections have been seen recently. Moreover, when PCR test is performed in these infections, which are similar to Covid-19 symptoms, the result is negative. There has been a recent increase in patients describing coronavirus-like symptoms despite negative Covid-19 PCR tests. This respiratory tract infection picture, which has a more aggressive course compared to the years before the pandemic, is called "Super flu".
Immunity to flu has dropped
It is thought that this picture develops as a result of not being exposed to the usual flu and other seasonal viruses thanks to masks, distance and hygiene measures, a decrease in the level of immunity against these viruses in the society and, as a result, a decrease in resistance to infections.
The symptoms of super flu, all of which are similar to Covid-19, can be listed as follows:
- Muscle pains
- stuffy nose or runny nose
- Feeling of pressure in the ears
- Loss of taste and smell
PCR test should be done
Influenza and Covid-19 infection exhibit similar findings. Parents also need to be careful, both for themselves and their children. Diseases such as the flu spread more easily in closed, crowded environments. For this reason, if it is deemed necessary for people with complaints to be evaluated by their doctors, it is important to perform imaging tests together with PCR test and various blood tests in terms of influenza (influenza) and Covid-19. Superflu, like normal flu cases, can be treated with rest and medication recommended by the doctor.