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After battling the deadly coronavirus for more than 3 years, China is now in the grip of a mysterious pneumonia outbreak, which has already affected hundreds of lives. Experts have called for immediate action by the countries to contain the spread of this unusual outbreak, saying that the pattern is looking similar to what the world faced in 2020 (COVID-19 pandemic).
As per records, hospitals across China are currently overflooded with cases of pneumonia (mostly affecting kids). Some of these cases have also complained of experiencing severe respiratory symptoms.
Taking cognizance of the sudden surge in respiratory illnesses among children in China, the Karnataka government's health department has put its healthcare infrastructure across the state on alert. The action comes after the Centre issued an advisory to States and Union Territories urging them to immediately review public health and hospital preparedness measures.
Considering the surge in respiratory illness in China, WHO has released a general advisory for people. I request the public to follow the instructions, know the Dos and Don'ts and take measures to prevent influenza.
If symptoms aggravate, please visit your nearest Government pic.twitter.com/rRxxUmqK3r Dinesh Gundu Rao/ (@dineshgrao) November 28, 2023
As per the new advisory issued by the Karnataka Health Department, seasonal flu is an infectious disease that typically lasts five to seven days and is known for its low morbidity and mortality rates. However, it poses a higher risk to infants, the elderly, pregnant women, the immunocompromised, and those on long-term medications such as steroids, who may require hospitalization.
"The current trend in China shows the reflection of what exactly happened with the COVID-19 outbreak that we all witnessed in the year 2020. Therefore, we should take this seriously from the beginning and make sure to not ignore any of the symptoms that are similar to the disease."
The symptoms include fever, chills, malaise, loss of appetite, myalgia, nausea, sneezing, and a dry cough that can last up to three weeks in high-risk groups. Some of these can also persist for longer periods of time without showing any in-depth. Therefore, do not ignore your common cold and flu at any cost.
Seeing the current spread of mysterious pneumonia cases in China, here's what the government wants you all to follow, in order to stay safe:
The Uttarakhand government on Tuesday issued a statement, alerting people of the state to be extra careful of the current pneumonia spread in China. Three districts of Uttarakhand -- Chamoli, Uttarkashi and Pithoragarh -- share land borders with China.
"In view of the recent reports indicating a surge in respiratory illness in children in northern China in recent weeks, the Union Health Ministry has proactively decided to review the preparedness measures against respiratory illnesses, as a matter of abundant caution. This is noted to be important in view of the ongoing influenza and winter season that results in an increase in respiratory illness cases. The government of India is closely monitoring the situation and indicated that there is no need for any alarm," the ministry said.