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How H3N2 differs from COVID-19?

Difference between COVID-19 and H3N2 COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, while H3N2 is a strain of the influenza virus. COVID-19 is generally more contagious than H3N2, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Additionally, COVID-19 can cause a loss of taste or smell, which is not a symptom of H3N2. Furthermore, COVID-19 can also lead to more severe complications such as pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and multi-organ failure.  In comparison, H3N2 can also lead to severe complications, but it is typically less severe than COVID-19.

Can H3N2 bring next pandemic? As per media reports, the potential for a virus to cause a pandemic depends on many factors, including its ability to spread easily from person to person, the severity of the illness it causes, and the availability of effective treatments and vaccines. While H3N2 is not as contagious as COVID-19, it can still spread rapidly and cause significant illness and death, as has been seen in past influenza pandemics.

While COVID-19 and H3N2 share some similarities, having had COVID-19 does not necessarily put someone at a higher risk of contracting H3N2, nor is there evidence to suggest that the occurrence of the two is linked. Meanwhile, the health ministry has issued revised guidelines for the management of COVID-19 cases in response to the recent surge in cases across the country.  The guidelines recommend that antibiotics should not be used unless there is a clinical suspicion of bacterial infection.

It's important to note that COVID-19 is caused by a virus, not bacteria, and antibiotics are not effective against viral infections. The guidelines also highlight the possibility of coinfection with other endemic infections and

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - Lloyd Austin - Is the COVID-19 pandemic over? WHO to vote whether to end global health emergency declaration - - Usa - Washington - county Geneva
Is the COVID-19 pandemic over? WHO to vote whether to end global health emergency declaration
WASHINGTON - It’s almost hard to believe that nearly three years have passed since the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of a virus — later named SARS-CoV-2 — as a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). But on Friday, a committee is meeting to deliberate and vote whether it is time to recommend to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that he declare the global health emergency is over. The committee advises the director-general, who will make the final decision, but he generally follows the committee’s advice.Days before the vote, the director-general said in a media briefing that he was "very concerned" about the rising number of COVID-19 deaths globally. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives a press conference at the World Health Organization's headquarters in Geneva, on December 14, 2022. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images) "While I will not pre-empt the advice of the Emergency Committee, I remain very concerned by the situation in many countries and the rising number of deaths," Tedros said Tuesday, suggesting the committee may not think it’s the right time to advise Tedros to terminate the declaration. Worldwide, deaths have steadily increased since December, according to recent data by Johns Hopkins University.