The flu epidemic is gaining momentum


The hygiene station of the Liberec Region published the data on the nationwide morbidity on Friday, and the State Health Institute will comment on them in more detail at the beginning of next week.

The number of sick people has been rising sharply in recent weeks. Before the end of the year, in connection with the Christmas holidays, the number of sick people rather decreased.

Morbidity among all age groups has currently increased, with preschool children still the most affected group. In the group under five years of age, there are 5,181 patients per 100,000 children. Between 6 and 14 years of age, morbidity reached 3,195 persons per 100,000 people. Morbidity is also high among young people aged 15 to 24. There are 2,760 sick people per 100,000 inhabitants. Morbidity remains below the epidemic threshold among adults and the elderly, but it is also increasing in these groups. The high numbers of pediatric patients could help reduce spring break, which starts next week in some districts.

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In the previous week, the hygiene service reported a significant increase in flu cases (by 75 percent). It can be assumed that the upward trend continued in the past days. Influenza A virus is dominant.

Experts have previously said they expect the epidemic to peak during February.

Influenza is most often transmitted by droplets when coughing or sneezing. The incubation period between infection and the onset of symptoms is 1-5 days, followed by the development of symptoms characterized by fever, fatigue, muscle pain and respiratory symptoms. People are most infectious in the first two to three days after the onset of symptoms.

The positive thing is that the number of people infected with covid continues to decrease, and this week the tests showed infection in only dozens of people per day.

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The article is in Czech


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