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DAK warns IIOJK of possible triple virus threat this winter

Srinagar, November 18 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has warned of a possible triple virus threat in the territory this winter.

DAK President and influenza expert, Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan, in a statement in Srinagar, today, said, we could be facing a triple virus whammy of Covid, Flu and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) this winter.

He said flu and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) are not new. “We see them every year during the winter months. RSV particularly affects young children. But in the last two seasons people were hardly exposed to these viruses because of Covid precautions like masking and social distancing,” he said.

Dr Nisar He said now that people are out without masks, travelling extensively, business has resumed and children are back to schools, there are more opportunities for these viruses to circulate and they could make a comeback. He said the Covid has added another virus to the season mix.

He said, in the face of possible triple virus threat, people should get flu shots and Covid boosters. And, taking common sense precautions, such as staying home when sick and maintaining personal hygiene, can also help keep everyone healthy and prevent hospitals from getting overwhelmed, he added.

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