The Netherlands has the flu: delayed epidemic now below

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The Netherlands is now formally in the grip of a flu epidemic, with the range of people today diagnosed with the disorder ‘rapidly increasing’, nationwide overall health institute RIVM has mentioned.

The RIVM defines an epidemic as ‘a greater than ordinary amount of people in a area obtaining a illness at the exact same time’. In the very last 7 days, triple the variety of bacterial infections have been documented in comparison to the week prior to.

Influenza typically strikes in the winter season months. The late arrival of the epidemic, the RIVM stated, could be down to the corona virus relevant actions of the previous two a long time. Mask donning, for instance, allows reduce the unfold of viruses, which includes the flu virus.

Now that the steps have been peaceful and individuals are no more time social distancing or wearing masks, much more men and women will get flu, epidemiologist Rianne van Gageldonk informed broadcaster NOS.

It is tricky to estimate the impression of the flu epidemic, which includes on clinic potential, Van Gageldonk explained. ‘We are retaining an eye on it. But how poor it will be and how very long it will final is anyone’s guess.’

Virologist Menno de Jong reported the flu could have a bigger impact since people have not been able to designed up ample immunity in opposition to the virus and that this can be specifically dangerous for individuals with fundamental sicknesses. It is not clear, nonetheless, if persons will become sicker than ahead of the coronavirus epidemic, he reported.

This year’s flu monitor, a citizens initiative, combines data about equally viruses in a Grote Griep&CoronaMeting. The organisers worry that coronavirus signs or symptoms and flu symptoms are very identical and that people with sore throats and other airway difficulties should be analyzed for each viruses.

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