Scientists at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK has revealed that the coronavirus pandemic may weaken flu season due to quarantine and other prevention measures. The researchers ‘ findings, revealing an unexpected consequence of quarantine measures, published in the online edition of The Conversation.
To reduce the number of cases of influenza will be affected by several factors. One of them is proper hand washing with warm water and soap, and before the pandemic to the ongoing hand hygiene was used only 32% of men and 64% women. The results of a survey conducted in March 2020 showed that 83 percent of people wash their hands regularly. Although it is unknown whether they spend it on the required 20 seconds, it may affect the spread of influenza viruses.
Since students are the most vulnerable to influenza and SARS population, the closure of schools because of the pandemic, and distance learning will also limit the transmission of influenza. Social distancing, restriction of mass gatherings and remote work hinders the spread of respiratory viruses from person to person through coughing, sneezing and conversation.
However, it is not yet clear how humanity can expect a reduction in the incidence of influenza. A measurement of the amount of infected can be challenging. Flu symptoms can be similar to symptoms of other infections. It is also worth noting that only takes into account those patients who come to medical institutions with symptoms of SARS.
In the second week of February 2020 Japan reported a decrease in the incidence of influenza by 60 percent compared to the same week in 2019. In Europe a similar pattern is observed.
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