Temperature drop increases risk of infection

Not only does the virus feel most comfortable at around ten degrees and high humidity – we also stay indoors more often

Continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, and please do not shake hands – these important hygiene measures apply regardless of the temperature”, appeals Prof. Dr. Michael Kunze of the Social Medical Institute in Vienna.
The biggest challenge in autumn and winter will be to differentiate between influenza, SARS-CoV-2 and the common cold. But there are a few typical symptoms: The flu, for example, usually begins abruptly with chills, high fever and a strong feeling of illness. An infection with the corona virus often makes itself felt somewhat more slowly, but in many cases there is a loss of smell and taste. Sniffles and a runny nose, on the other hand, indicate a flu-like infection. The good news: all hygiene rules that are taken to contain the coronavirus also help to protect against infection with flu or cold viruses.
“By the way, symptomless virus carriers are not as contagious as those who are ill,” emphasizes Prof. Kunze. Therefore, tests should primarily be carried out on people who have had contact with infected persons or who already show characteristic symptoms.
— Hector Pascua, with reports from krone.at. icture: stockilyappp.com

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