(ANSA) – FLORENCE, 25 NOV – “Seasonal flu this year began in week 42 and immediately jumped above the epidemic level”. This was stated by Claudio Cricelli, president of the Italian Society of General Medicine, on the occasion of the 38th Simg congress in progress in these days in Florence.
“Usually – explained Cricelli – the flu started with a few cases that grew gradually. This year, however, the growth curve is keeping steadily above the threshold: this suggests that, if the curve does not change, there will be it will be an early peak, located around the 52nd week of 2021 and the fourth week of 2022, therefore between Christmas and New Year and at the end of January 2022 “. “Covid and flu – he added – are not easily distinguishable, especially since the Delta variant has a high mode of expression through the upper respiratory tract (cold), so it simulates the traditional symptoms of flu and other respiratory diseases. this year there was a phenomenon like in 2020, in which the flu virus was contained by the restrictive measures implemented in most of the world “.
“This emergency situation – concluded Cricelli – has again highlighted the limits of general medicine, which in addition to dealing with the pandemic emergency and seasonal diseases, must constantly follow the chronically ill, already penalized with slowdowns during 2020, without forgetting that they are the same family doctors who are already involved in the vaccination campaign with third doses, with flu vaccines, with swabs, with Green passes “. (HANDLE).
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