October 01, 2023

Another Reason to Cover Your Mouth When You Cough


Another Reason to Cover Your Mouth When You Cough
A Russian pharmacy in Moscow. Wikimedia Commons, Fastboy.

Russia is seeing a surge in flu and respiratory infections. The rate exceeds "epidemic" rates by 20 percent.

State media outlet Izvestia reported that, in just the week between September 18 and 24, 1.2 million Russians became sick with either the flu or another viral respiratory disease, with over 25,000 diagnoses in Moscow each day.

While it is common to see an uptick in infections as the weather cools, scientists say that this year's numbers are between 16 and 33 percent higher than normal. They theorize that this is due to fewer infections over the summer, which is leading to more infections now.

Health authorities say that a 60 percent vaccination rate would be needed to curb the rise in infections. At the same time, though, COVID cases are also on the rise.

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