A triple threat of three illnesses occurring at the same time, otherwise known as a ‘tridemic’, has ripped through countries around the world, overwhelming healthcare systems and leaving many people not only sick but worried. Find out what they are and how you can avoid them here.
Countries the world over have seen a recent spike in COVID-19, influenza (flu) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) all at the same time. This triple threat, or ‘tridemic’ as it’s also known, has been caused by a mixture of an early flu season, unseasonably cold weather and the continuing circulation of COVID-19 strains.
But what are these illnesses and how can you keep yourself safe from them? Let’s find out.
An Overview of Each Illness
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a highly contagious virus that can cause respiratory infections, such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia, in infants, young children, and older adults.
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system.
COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
What are the symptoms of each?
The symptoms of RSV are similar to those of the common cold, including runny nose, cough, and fever. In more severe cases, it can cause bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lungs) and pneumonia.
Symptoms of flu include fever, sore throat, cough, congestion, body aches, and fatigue.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, and loss of taste or smell.
It's worth noting that symptoms can vary from person to person, and some people may not have any symptoms at all. Additionally, some people may experience more severe symptoms than others.
How does each illness spread?
- RSV spreads easily through the air and can also be spread by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the nose or mouth.
- Influenza spreads easily through the air by coughing and sneezing.
- COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes.
How to protect yourself from the Trimedic
- Wear a mask: Wearing a mask can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses by blocking droplets from entering or leaving the nose and mouth.
- Get a vaccine or booster: Vaccines are available for flu and COVID-19, and getting vaccinated can reduce the risk of contracting these illnesses.
- Wash surfaces and your hands regularly: Regularly washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces can help reduce the spread of germs.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are feeling unwell.
- Practise respiratory hygiene, such as covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- Maintain physical distance (at least 6 feet) from others, especially those who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
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