Cough, body pains and sudden high fever — the Capital and neighbouring areas are in the grip of seasonal viral onslaught but this time, infections are more severe.
The strains are highly infectious and the moisture in the air is helping viruses to multiply fast. Moderate temperatures coupled with high humidity – typical monsoon conditions – are ideal conditions for viruses.
“Four in five people visiting my clinic have fever as high as 105º, which in most cases lasts for about five days before going down,” said Dr Srikant Sharma, senior consultant, department of internal medicine, Moolchand Medcity Hospital. In some cases, patients are also complaining of shivering.
Not only the fever was taking long to subside but the recovery time, too, was longer — a week, he said.
Children, elderly and people with conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease are most at risk, say doctors.
“I’m seeing at least 15-20 more children than I do on a normal day. They have fever and symptoms of cold,” said Dr Nitin Verma, senior consultant, department of paediatrics, Max Healthcare.
Stomach infections caused by contaminated food and water too were rising, Dr Verma said.
Avoid crowded places, wash hands frequently, cover mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing are the precautions doctors suggest. Antibiotics are ineffective against viral infections which are self-limiting and don't last over a week.