Increase in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.
“This is characteristic of autumn, when more people gather indoors. My advice is to ventilate and do everything that can be done outside, do it outside,” Todor Kantarjiev, the adviser of the Metropolitan Municipality on health issues and former director of the National Center for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, said in the bTV studio.
“The symptoms of the coronavirus have not changed at all. They are difficult to distinguish from seasonal flu and other infections. The difference is that the first cases of influenza are in early November, its epidemic spread is in December, and the peak is in January and February. Clinically, flu starts within two to three hours, and COVID a little slower. The new sub-variants are not as deadly, dangerous and severe as they were three years ago,” he explained.
“Countries like Israel have said that when you are indoors and when there are more than five people in the room, wear a mask. I recommend the elderly or immunocompromised to wear a mask in large crowds. I strongly advise that there should be an open window in public transport,” Kantarjiev pointed out.
“My opinion is that the coronavirus and flu vaccines can be given on the same day, but on different hands – one on the left and the other vaccine on the right. I advise people over the age of 65 to talk to their GP. The distribution of free flu shots for this age group will begin on October 1. If it is combined with the new coronavirus vaccine, it is best. For younger people, I advise them to look for an anti-influenza vaccine from pharmacies,” said the councilor of the Metropolitan Municipality.