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Influenza blog, week 17: no new influenza cases added

No new influenza cases were added in Estonia during week 17. Overall so far, a total of six influenza cases have been confirmed in Estonia this season through laboratory analyses, involving two cases of influenza A and four cases of influenza B. Two individuals have been hospitalised due to influenza.

In the period between 26 April -2 May, a total of 1,833 people sought medical aid due to acute viral upper respiratory tract infections, of whom 22% were children. Rhinovirus was the prevailing circulating virus. The highest number of cases were registered in Narva, Rapla County, Lääne County and Pärnu County.

The situation across Europe

According to the European Influenza Surveillance Network and the WHO, the intensity of the spread of influenza remains low within the European Union, as well as elsewhere in the world. The various hygiene and social distancing measures which have been implemented in order to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have also played a role in preventing the spread of the influenza virus.

Influenza is caused by viruses from the Orthomyxoviridae family, and primarily by the influenza A, B, and C viruses. Influenza A viruses have the highest pandemic potential. The symptoms of the disease include rapidly increasing fever, headache, dry cough, and/or head cold, tiredness and weakness, and muscular and joint pain. Influenza may cause serious complications, such as pneumonia or an intensifying of chronic pulmonary or cardiovascular diseases.

Influenza is an acute viral disease which spreads in the form of outbreaks; either as an epidemic or as a pandemic. The disease mainly affects children, but most hospitalisation cases and deaths involve the elderly, as well as those individuals who suffer from chronic diseases.

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In total, 315 individuals are being treated in hospital due to symptomatic COVID-19
19.01.2022

In total, 315 individuals are being treated in hospital due to symptomatic COVID-19

As of the morning of 19 January, hospital treatment is being provided to 315 individuals who have been infected with COVID-19. A total of 223 patients who have COVID-19 are currently receiving hospital treatment after having developed serious symptoms, including 178 patients who have not been vaccinated (which covers 80% of the overall figure), and forty-five patients who have been fully vaccinated (which amounts to 20% of the overall figure).

In total, 318 individuals are being treated in hospital due to symptomatic COVID-19
18.01.2022

In total, 318 individuals are being treated in hospital due to symptomatic COVID-19

As of the morning of 18 January, hospital treatment is being provided to 318 individuals who have been infected with COVID-19. A total of 226 patients who have COVID-19 are currently receiving hospital treatment after having developed serious symptoms, including 182 patients who have not been vaccinated (which covers 80.5% of the overall figure), and forty-four patients who have been fully vaccinated (which amounts to 19.5% of the overall figure).