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intestinal viruses and respiratory diseases, what are the symptoms (and who they affect)

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intestinal viruses and respiratory diseases, what are the symptoms (and who they affect)

Flu, respiratory diseases and now also intestinal viruses. The season of ailments continues in March. Despite the decline in infections, the erratic weather conditions typical of this period are complicating the situation. All this while waiting for influenza B, which is expected to arrive between March and April.

“March is a difficult month for respiratory and intestinal diseases. This month began with changes in temperatures, transitions from dry to wet, not the sign of spring. In colleagues’ clinics, we see many cases of intestinal viruses that cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, which can be severe especially in the working population, 30-50 year olds. We are also seeing some viral pneumonia cases, but Covid seems to have disappeared from the radar,” said Pierluigi Bartoletti, deputy national secretary of the Italian Federation of General Practitioners (Fimmg).

“Influenza B has yet to arrive, which strikes children and young people between March and April. How to cure yourself? You need a lot of patience, but above all, you need to rehydrate during the day. Maybe skip meals if you don’t have an appetite or eat little,” Bartoletti added.

Matteo Bassetti, director of infectious diseases at the San Martino polyclinic hospital in Genoa, also commented on the situation, stating, “We have many intestinal infections from different microorganisms such as norovirus, rotavirus, enteric adenovirus and astrovirus. In March-April, there is always an increase in cases of intestinal infections.”

Virologist Fabrizio Pregliasco of the State University of Milan added, “This year, we have already had more than 12 million cases of respiratory infections recorded in the season, with a broad and diversified cocktail of causes. We are in a phase of decreasing infections, but the erratic weather does not help, and we are witnessing a tailspin with many new cases.”

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The season of illnesses is not over yet, and there are still a good number of cases. The situation is expected to continue at least for the whole of March. Stay informed and take necessary precautions to stay healthy during this challenging time.

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