H3N2 Influenza Wave Hits India; Here Are The Dos And Don’ts

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After the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the rise in influenza cases in several parts of India is creating a scare among the general public.

The country has been reporting a high number of fever and cough cases in the last two months with prolonged illness and lingering cough. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said that this is due to the Influenza A subtype H3N2 virus, a subtype of viruses that cause Influenza (flu).

The symptoms usually include a persistent cough, accompanied by fever. In recent cases, a lot of patients are complaining of prolonged symptoms.

The ICMR has also suggested a list of Dos and Don’ts for people to follow to protect themselves from contracting the virus.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA), on the other hand, has advised against the indiscriminate use of antibiotics amid rising cases of cough, cold, and nausea across the country. The association has also asked doctors to prescribe only symptomatic treatment and not antibiotics.
“We have already seen widespread use of Azithromycin and Ivermectin during Covid and this too has led to resistance. It is necessary to diagnose whether the infection is bacterial or not before prescribing antibiotics,” the medical body said in a statement.
ICMR has issued a list of things you do and should not do


  • Regularly wash hands
  • Wear face masks and avoid crowd
  • Avoid touching mouth and nose
  • Cover nose and mouth while coughing and sneezing
  • Consume fluids
  • Take only prescribed medicines in case of fever, caught and body ache.


  • Shake hands, and prefer less contact
  • Spit in public
  • Self medicate like antibiotics
  • Eat while sitting next to other or in crowd

Symptoms of Influenza A subtype H3N2 virus

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose and sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and body aches

(With Agency Inputs)

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