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Covid-19 vs H3N2 influenza: From similar symptoms to different vaccines

COVID-19 generally appear after 2 to 14 days of exposure to the virus whereas patients can experience the symptoms of Flu in about 1 to 4 days post-exposure. As both illnesses are spread through droplets i.e. when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes in close quarters to an uninfected person, the prevention techniques are also quite similar.

To prevent the spread of Covid-19 and the Flu, it is advised for patients to practice good hand hygiene, encourage masking, and avoid close contact with infected individuals while getting vaccinated for both illnesses. Given that the COVID-19 virus is distinct from the H3N2 virus that causes influenza, the vaccines used for each virus are different. Therefore, the COVID-19 vaccine will not provide protection against influenza.

However, there are several vaccines available for influenza, including flu shots and influenza vaccines that work by preparing the immune system to combat the specific virus. The development of vaccines for any virus is based on a thorough understanding of the virus's characteristics, such as its morphology and rate of proliferation. Consequently, it is crucial to recognize that specific vaccines are designed to stimulate the immune system to respond specifically to the virus for which they were created.

In conclusion, vaccination and following COVID norms are key to preventing the spread of both illnesses. While the cases of COVID-19 have curbed down in the recent past, the pandemic is still far from over and the general public is advised to still follow the COVID norms in order to reduce their chances of getting infected with the virus. By following COVID norms, people will also be able to prevent the spread of the Influenza virus.

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Edwin Díaz - Jose Altuve hit-by-pitch in World Baseball Classic, leaves game with thumb fracture - - New York - Usa - Spain - Puerto Rico - city Houston - state Colorado - Venezuela - Dominican Republic
Jose Altuve hit-by-pitch in World Baseball Classic, leaves game with thumb fracture
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Local cancer survivor raising funds to find less toxic cancer treatments after experiencing heart failure - - county Chester
Local cancer survivor raising funds to find less toxic cancer treatments after experiencing heart failure
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Paul Morigi - Colorectal cancer is showing up in younger people and at more advanced stages: study - - Usa - area District Of Columbia - city Atlanta - Washington, area District Of Columbia - state Alaska - state Indiana
Colorectal cancer is showing up in younger people and at more advanced stages: study
cancer (CRC) cases are on the rise and the disease is being discovered among younger patients more frequently, according to Colorectal Cancer Statistics 2023, a new report on cancer facts and trends by the American Cancer Society (ACS), which is headquartered in Atlanta. Although deaths related to CRC are continuing to decline, the report indicated the disturbing trend within the landscape of fighting this disease.Notably, this includes the advanced stage of cancer at the time of diagnosis and the patient’s age at which it's diagnosed. INDIANA PRIEST SAYS HE'S CURED OF BRAIN CANCER AFTER TRIP TO LOURDES: ‘THANKS BE TO GOD’The incidence of advanced stage CRC disease now occurs in three out of five people, while one out of every five CRC diagnoses are made in people under 55 years old, according to the study's investigators.Also, people who are natives of Alaska had the highest rate and mortality — almost four times higher than those of non‐Hispanic White individuals, according to the report.FILE - The United In Blue installation on the National Mall to raise awareness f the need for more colorectal cancer research, treatment options, and funding on March 16, 2022 in Washington, D.C.  (Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Fight Colorectal Cancer)It was published on Wednesday, March 1, in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians and in the publication Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2023-2025 on "We know rates are increasing in young people, but it’s alarming to see how rapidly the whole patient population is shifting younger, despite shrinking numbers in the overall population," Rebecca Siegel, senior scientific director, surveillance research at the American Cancer Society and lead author of the report said