In Pune, doctors report a significant decrease in flu and common cold cases.

Doctors in Pune report a significant decrease in flu and common cold infections . Experts say high temperatures and heat waves may have made it possible for flu virises to survive .

PUNE: This summer, doctors in the city are reporting a significant decrease in flu and common cold infections.According to the number of patients visiting OPDs, the reduction is expected to be in the range of 25% to 90%.Dr. Ameet Dravid, an infectious diseases specialist at Noble Hospital, claims that the SARS-CoV-2s Omicron class has been around for so long that other respiratory viruses may take a while to re-emerge in the population.He speculated that a high rate of heat waves and higher temperatures may have made it possible for flu virises to survive.

The frequency of flu is lower in the summer, but, according to him, this season saw a dramatic decline of almost 95% compared to the previous few summers.According to family physician Dr Avinash Bhondwe, there has been a decrease in cases of common cold, cough, and upper respiratory tract infections in many family physicians.We suspect that vaccination against Covid (a respiratory disease) might help people against other coronaviruses with similar intensity but not necessarily high frequency.To prove this, there needs to be more work.

According to Dr. Piyush Chaudhari, an infectious diseases specialist at Jehangir Hospital, flu cases this summer were fewer than the rare cases that would occur during the hot weather seasons of the previous years.However, we do not expect them to increase during the monsoon because the influenza virus can piggyback on moisture droplets in high humid air.In recent years, we have been dealing with a spate of near-heat wave conditions, which are accompanied by dry weather, making it difficult for most respiratory viruses to survive.This summer, even the difference between day and night temperatures has been reduced, which has kept influenza viruses at bay.

Its still unclear if weather plays a major role in Covid-19 growth.Scientists have discovered solid evidence that lower temperature and higher population density are connected with higher SARS-CoV-2 transmission.However, numerous studies have shown that high daytime temperatures can reduce the ability of influenza viruses to spread by minimising respiratory droplets movement.Experts said that prevention strategies such as masking and hand washing may have helped curbed flu outbreaks during the pandemic.

For those who are eligible, this may be the right time to get an annual influenza vaccine.Since testing for influenza was cut off during the Covid-19 epidemic, more reliable data is needed to make year-on-year or month-on-month comparisons to see where there are differences in incidence rates.