The H3V2 virus is the basis of the upsurge in viral infections and respiratory infections across the Delhi-NCR in recent days. According to an NDTV report, in comparison to the H1N1 virus, H3N2 cases are broadly reported.
Dr Arjun Dang, CEO, Dr Dang’s Lab, in an interview with NDTV said, “Over the past few weeks, we conducted more than a few 100 tests, of which a lot returned positive for H3N2. But it’s interesting to see that we are getting less positive H1N1 cases.”
Elaborating on instance stated that the H3N2 virus is a variant of the influenza A virus. The flu is a contagious respiratory virus that affects the nose, throat, upper respiratory tract and lungs.
He added, “There are four types of influenza viruses. The influenza A, B, C, and D viruses. These viruses usually cause seasonal epidemics of influenza every winter, which is the so-called flu season.”
Dr. Dang stated that Influenza A is further divided into various subtypes based on two proteins on the surface of the virus, hemagglutinin and neuraminidase. Hemagglutinin is of 18 types ranging from H1 to H18, followed by 11 subtypes of neuraminidase, N1 through N 11. In this regard, the current circulation of Influenza is H1N1 and H3N2.
Warning on its serious complications, he added that its potential infection might extend to causing pneumonia-like ear infections, and sinus infections, among others. It requires an instant anti-viral treatment for better chances of fast relief. A person symptomatic of these viruses is recommended for an RT-PCR test.
Emphasizing the precautions, Dr. Dang added that maintaining the covid restrictions will exterminate flu transmission. It includes social distancing, mandating masks in public zones, maintaining hygiene and other subsequent measures.