Capital gets the shivers, it’s viral
For the past two weeks, hospitals and clinics are seeing a spurt in the number of people complaining of cold, cough, high fever, sore throat and headache — all symptoms of viral infection.delhi Updated: Mar 22, 2012 01:32 IST
Snigdha Kar, 32, a public relations executive with a leading bank, hasn’t gone to work for the past two days. She is down with a severe bout of viral infection that she contracted from her three-year-old daughter.
“My daughter got high fever — around 103 degrees — and a bad cold. I got a sore throat and severe headache the very next day. Now, even my domestic help is down with fever,” said Kar.
Delhi’s air is thick with viral infection, caused by fluctuating temperatures — cold mornings and evenings but warm days.
For the past two weeks, hospitals and clinics are seeing a spurt in the number of people complaining of cold, cough, high fever, sore throat and headache — all symptoms of viral infection.
“I see 10 patients a day compared to one or two two weeks ago,” said Dr Rommel Tickoo, senior consultant (internal medicine) at Max Hospital, Saket.Of the about 200 viruses that cause nasal and upper respiratory tract infections, the common ones are rhino and influenza viruses.
According to experts, children and people above the age of 65 as well as asthma patients are the most vulnerable during season changes.
“Changing weather tends to aggravate the condition of people already suffering from respiratory infections. The attack can turn fatal in those with diabetes, high blood pressure and renal or liver problems,” said Dr Neeraj Jain, chairman, department of chest medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
“Such high-risk category people shouldn’t expose themselves to chill, dust and haze. They should avoid going out early in the morning or late in the night or be properly clad,” he said.