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The incidence of influenza in the country has increased several times compared to last year's figures — 143.6 cases per ten thousand people, informs the Smorodintsev Research Institute. Genealogically, it goes back to the famous “Spanish flu”, which, according to some estimates, claimed the lives of one hundred million people in 1918-1920. This option came back several times. The 2009 pandemic was particularly severe. Then 18,449 people died — according to WHO.
But regular seasonal H3N2 influenza and other respiratory viral infections are also around. They returned after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.
"Due to the coronavirus, anti-epidemic measures were in place — masks, separation, hand treatment. It was, of course, effective against other infections as well, including the flu,” — Vladislav Zhemchugov, doctor of medical sciences, immunologist, explains RIA Novosti.
The biggest risk group for influenza — children under five years of age. However, those who are older, including teenagers, are also at risk. There have already been several deaths. A 17-year-old cadet of the University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs died in Stavropole, a 15-year-old girl in the Yaroslavl region, a ten-year-old student in Chelyabinsk.
Quarantine was introduced in educational and medical institutions in a number of regions. At the same time, according to the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, restrictions at the federal level are not planned.
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