Respiratory viruses all year round

Gone are the days when respiratory viruses like the flu and the common cold were solely a concern during the brisk British autumn and winter months. This shift in the seasonal pattern of these illnesses may have left you puzzled and concerned, especially if you or your loved ones seem to be falling ill outside the traditional ‘cold and flu season’ – Year-round respiratory viruses are likely here to stay.

Understanding the New Reality: Year-round Respiratory Viruses

Historically, viruses such as influenza and the common cold predominantly struck in the colder months. However, we are now witnessing these viruses persisting throughout the year, including in spring and summer. This can be particularly alarming for those who are more vulnerable, such as children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

Why the Change in Seasonality?

Several factors have contributed to this new trend. Global travel means viruses can easily traverse continents, spreading beyond their usual seasonal confines. Climate change is also altering traditional weather patterns, impacting the survival and transmission of viruses. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has played a role in disrupting the usual patterns of these viruses, leading to a decrease in immunity in the population and a resurgence of infections as social restrictions ease.

How Can You Protect Yourself From Year-round Respiratory Viruses?


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Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment

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