In the UK, the dangerous flu virus H3N2 is on the rise. Is Germany also threatened with a flu wave?
Bad news from Great Britain: Over 50,000 planned operations in hospitals have already been postponed or canceled there. The reason: The dangerous flu pathogen H3N2 is spreading rapidly on the island, The clinics are preparing for patients with flu symptoms and the worst flu wave in 50 years is looming. How big is the probability that the flu wave will hit Germany and how can you protect yourself against the flu pathogen?
What is the H3N2 virus?
The H3N2 flu pathogen triggers real flu and not just flu-like symptoms. In technical language, the H3N2 virus is a form of influenza A. The flu pathogen is known colloquially as “Aussie Flu” because it first appeared in Australia. There, around 170,000 people were infected with the virus in 2017 alone and 300 people died as a result of the flu.
Now the flu virus has spilled over to Great Britain, where 27 patients have already been infected with the H3N2 virus and have to be treated in the intensive care unit.
What makes the H3N2 virus so dangerous?
The H3N2 virus is particularly resistant to various antibiotics and older people and people with a weak immune system are particularly at risk. If the body cannot stop the viruses in time, there is even a risk of death! You can tell if you have the flu by the following symptoms:
2. High fever
4. Muscle pain
5. Sore throat
6. Dry cough
7. Severe fatigue
Is Germany also threatened with a flu wave?
Susanne Glasmacher from the German Robert Koch Institute, the central institution of the federal government in the field of disease surveillance, doesn’t believe in the big flu epidemic. She told focus.de that it depends, among other things, on how many vaccinations there have been in the respective country and whether one has had to deal with comparable pathogens in the past.
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This is how you can protect yourself from the flu pathogen
People with a weak immune system and the chronically ill should follow the advice of the Robert Koch Institute and get a preventive flu vaccination. You can also take other measures to protect yourself if a flu wave rolls over Germany. You should:
1. Wash hands thoroughly
2. Keep your distance from other people in public
3. Strengthen your immune system with vitamins n
4. Rinse your nose frequently
5. Drink a lot
6. Avoid stress
If you take these measures to heart, then you have a good chance of avoiding the next wave of fluif it should hit Germany. You can also arm yourself against all sorts of other flu pathogens.