The flu wave continues, the highest level since early 2020

The flu wave continues, the highest level since early 2020

Last week, the Nivel Research Institute reported a slightly higher number. At that time, 70 residents reported flu-like symptoms per 100,000 people to a GP. At the time, Neville spoke of a “strong increase” compared to previous weeks. Neville is now talking about “the continuing flu epidemic”.

Nivel reports that the influenza virus is currently being found in more samples that doctors are taking from patients with complaints. Of the samples taken last week, the flu virus was found in about half.

There was an official flu epidemic in the Netherlands two weeks ago. The National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) generally speaks of such an epidemic when more than 58 out of every 100,000 people go to their GP with complaints reminiscent of influenza and 10 percent of samples examined contain influenza virus.

The scab is dropping

Earlier today, healthcare sector professional organization NU’91 and trade union FNV announced that the current pandemic is resulting in “a lot of absenteeism” for healthcare staff. At the same time, there is more work to do with influenza infection among people healthcare professionals actually care about. “However, it is not the case that alarm bells are ringing,” said a spokesperson for the company.

The number of scabies is declining. Last week, GPs saw about 25 patients per 100,000 people, the lowest number in about seven weeks. In the past week, 40 out of 100,000 people had scabies.

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