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Kashmir hospitals witness spike in viral infections amid dry spell

12:41 AM Jan 08, 2024 IST | Rabiya Bashir
kashmir hospitals witness spike in viral infections amid dry spell
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Srinagar, Jan 7: As the dry weather continues, people in Kashmir are grappling with a surge in viral infections ranging from influenza, and respiratory tract infections to the common cold and even mild cases of COVID-19.

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People regardless of age are suffering from different infections.

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Doctors have urged people to take precautions to prevent themselves from different illnesses during this challenging period of Chilai Kalan.

They said that the dry weather triggers health concerns as the mucous membranes become dry which can allow viruses to enter the body quickly.

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“Staying active, eating healthy, taking vitamin D supplements, using a humidified heating system, and ensuring proper hydration is crucial for boosting the immune system,” the doctors said.

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A professor at Shere-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, Dr Mudasir Qadri told Greater Kashmir that symptoms like persistent cough, fever, throat infection, body aches, headaches, and fatigue could indicate various viral infections.

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He said that people usually use heating appliances which further aggravates their health conditions.

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“These heating appliances can further dry the mucous membrane. So, a humidified heating system is recommended. If people are using blowers, they should always keep a glass of water around,” he said.

Dr Qadri said that people should eat fresh fruits, drink tea, and take fluids but avoid cold food and cold water.

“Some people are complaining about coughs and colds after consuming cold fruits. It is better to consume such fruits kept at room temperature,” he said.

About the ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, Dr Qadri said that individuals experiencing mild symptoms are encouraged to seek medical advice.

The doctors said that people should prioritise their well-being by adopting the recommended precautions.

Head of the Department (HoD) of Community Medicine at SMHS Hospital, Dr Muhammad Saleem Khan told Greater Kashmir that different viral infections, especially influenza, RSV, and other seasonal infections were increasing due to dry spells.

“People usually avoid fluids during the winter season as there is sufficient water loss due to the use of warm clothes and heating appliances. So, it is important to take extra precautions during this dry weather,” he said.

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