Flu season has already started, peak is still expected

Flu season has already started, peak is still expected
Flu season has already started, peak is still expected
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Health

The number of flu infections has been on the rise for a few weeks. “We have been in a flu epidemic since the end of last year,” says virologist Steven Van Gucht. The number of corona infections has fallen again in recent weeks.

The latest report from Sciensano shows that the incidence of GP consultations for flu-like complaints has increased over the past week to 537 consultations per 100,000 inhabitants.

“The epidemic threshold has been exceeded for a number of weeks,” says van Gucht. “We are at a high level for flu, but I expect numbers to rise even further in the next two weeks. You can see it clearly: there are a lot of sick people at the moment.”

Van Gucht expects that the spring break, which starts in a week and a half, will lead to improvement. Holidays normally slow the spread of viruses because people have fewer contacts. “I hope that the tide will indeed turn,” says the virologist.

It is striking that the number of Covid infections is on a downward trend, while there was a flare-up in the number of corona cases in December. According to Van Gucht, Covid infections are currently “at a stable level”. The Sciensano report also shows that the number of RSV infections also remains stable.

The article is in Dutch

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