Infectious season is in full swing

Infectious season is in full swing


The infectious season normally begins in October and lasts until April. There is usually one peak incidence of illness during the season when the influenza virus attacks. It lasts 6-8 weeks. At this time, the number of primary care visits can increase by as much as 20%. Last year during this period one in five patients were treated at Medicover Centres in Poland for the flu or a cold. The peak of the infectious season is still ahead of us, so it's good to be prepared for it.

During the peak of the infectious season, Medicover Polska responds to the increased demand for primary care visits. We extend our opening hours, increase the number of doctors' hours and launch our dedicated service, Medicover Express, where nurses assist doctors during visits, thus effectively utilising appointment times and helping more patients. In addition, our telemedicine services provide access to medical consultations 7 days a week, as well as during holidays and outside the working hours of our medical centres.

Małgorzata Kiljańska, Operations Development Director at Medicover Polska.

Flu or cold?
In Poland, the dry and cold air in autumn and winter contributes to the spread of the influenza virus and colds. Both the flu and the cold are viral diseases, but they have a slightly different course.

Colds are accompanied by a runny nose, weakness, eye pain, cough and a fever. In the case of the flu, the fever is usually above 38 degrees C, which lasts 1-2 days. It also involves pain in the joints, muscles, cough, fatigue and weakness. It is important to distinguish the flu from the cold, because in the case of this illness we should stay at home for at least five days in order to recover.

Doctor Agnieszka Motyl, family medicine specialist and an epidemiologist at Medicover Polska

By staying at home we also help prevent the virus from spreading. It is important to remember that adults may spread the flu to others during the first three to five days of the initial symptoms appearing.

In the case of children it can even be as long as seven days. Cold and flu viruses are transmitted by droplets and contact. Therefore, we can become infected by having direct contact with infected people, but also by touching handles, handrails and other objects.

In the infectious season, the simplest and most effective method to protect yourself from infection is to wash your hands with warm water and soap. Avoid crowded places as much as possible. At home we should often ventilate the rooms. Also, do not touch your nose, mouth, or eyes with your hands while at work.

Doctor Agnieszka Motyl, family medicine specialist and an epidemiologist at Medicover Polska

One method of significantly strengthening your immunity against the influenza virus is vaccination. It reduces not only the risk of influenza but also the risk of complications, which include pneumonia, bronchitis, middle ear infections, as well as myocarditis and pericarditis. It also prevents the infection from spreading to household members and other people we regularly come in contact with.

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