Winter. It’s the season when we wrap ourselves up in scarves and blankets in order to protect ourselves from a visitor who never fails to appear around this time: the influenza virus.
If there is something special about the Influenza virus it is its ability to mutate, making it different each year. Above all, we should not be alarmist and we should focus on the data from official sources, such as the Spanish Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report, which studies outbreaks and possible severe cases and offers a global overview of the disease.Since week 40/2012, eight European countries have reported 912 hospitalised laboratory-confirmed influenza cases, 361 of those cases were in United Kingdoom. Influenza A, B and C. Are there any differences? Their symptoms are similar: Fever over 38ºC Muscle and bone pain Very intense headache Marked general malaise The effects last 5 to 7 days. What varies in the 3 types is their potential for mutation to more dangerous viruses. Influenza A: the one that mutates most easily. It therefore has a higher risk of change to less well known viruses. Influenza B: the most common in humans, with a more limited capacity to mutate, thus allowing us to build up defences Read more