Medical consultants have suggested residents to be vigilant in the course of the monsoon, which brings with it illnesses like seasonal influenza whose signs are just like these of Covid-19.
Health consultants mentioned three parameters govern the how a virus spreads — seasonal change, nature of the virus and patterns of human behaviour. With the onset of the monsoon, medical doctors within the metropolis are protecting an in depth watch on how the Sars-Cov-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, could also be impacted by adjustments in local weather and climate.
“As the virus is new, we lack knowledge on how it will react to the monsoon. We don’t know if humid temperatures will provide a more suitable environment for the virus to thrive, like in the case of swine flu or seasonal influenza,” mentioned Dr Lancelot Pinto, epidemiologist at Hinduja Hospital.
A latest examine by professors Amit Agarwal and Rajneesh Bharadwaj of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B), revealed within the American Institute of Physics, prompt humid climate could promote the an infection.
“When an infected person coughs or sneezes, the droplets sit on the surface. In dry weather, these droplets dry faster. But in humid temperature, it takes longer which further increases the chances of the spread of the virus,” mentioned Bharadwaj.
However, Dr Randeep Guleria, pulmonologist and director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, mentioned, “Without more research, it will be unscientific to make any such comments.”
Experts additionally warned in opposition to self-medication, even in case of seasonal illnesses. “If a person has Covid-19, taking fever suppressants will delay treatment. So far, people have been very vigilant and approaching hospitals with the onset of any symptoms. I request people to do the same even in the monsoon,” mentioned Dr Om Shrivastava, a part of the state Covid-19 job pressure.
Civic officers mentioned that the virus’ unfold could also be curbed by the rain, which is able to pressure folks to remain indoors. “Rain will restrict people’s movement. It will also curb spitting on the roads which often exposes the surrounding public to the virus,” mentioned Suresh Kakani, extra commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
In July final yr, 8,921 folks have been handled for fever and 123 circumstances of swine flu (highest in 2019), in response to BMC’s information. City medical doctors are nervous that it could be troublesome to differentiate the signs of those illnesses from these of Covid-19. “They all have common symptoms, like fever, cold, cough, rashes. It will be tough to differentiate them,” mentioned
Dr Ramesh Bharmal, in-charge of Lokmanya Tilak General Hospital, Sion.