In his statement, the doctor indicated that during this time of year, which he described as “virus season”, “as expected…more residents are experiencing symptoms such as cough and cold, muscle aches and pains, plus fatigue, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and vomiting. These symptoms are consistent with common cold viruses and influenza viruses. Common cold viruses affect the nose and throat.”
He further noted that influenza viruses are associated with vomiting, diarrhoea and aches and pains and “wet and chilly weather conditions promote increased respiratory virus activity”.
Dr. Martin informed that infected persons need not be alarmed as they will recover in three to five days as long as they get “adequate rest” and ingest “fresh fluids and local food”.
“Paracetamol is recommended for pain relief (however), antibiotics are useless. Cough and cold medicines are not recommended in children under 6 years because they thicken the secretions making them more difficult to clear. They may also induce excessive sleepiness. Traditional remedies such saline nose drops, vapor rubs and eucalyptus usually help to relieve nasal congestion and cough.”
He however advised that those who experience difficulty breathing and dehydration should seek medical attention.
Further advise provided by the CMO suggests that, “To prevent virus spread, (one should) cover the cough and sneeze and wash hands regularly.”