Seasonal respiratory viruses hit Jordan early, doctors say

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AMMAN — Jordan is seeing an early surge of infections by seasonal respiratory viruses this year, revealed some doctors, who stated that most cases suffer from one or more types of Influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), or COVID-19 viruses.اضافة اعلان

Member of the National Committee for Epidemiology, Najwa Khoury, told Jordan News that the viruses are common each season, and they are not something to be worried about.

“What is new, however, is that they all spread at the same time following an immunity gap, resulting from the precautionary measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic”, she pointed out.

An immunity gap develops when the immune system gets a break from being exposed to a mix of common pathogens, which usually can cause diseases.

Khoury said that there are treatments for both the RSV and influenza viruses, and there are also vaccines for the coronavirus. She insisted on the importance of the continuous precautionary measures to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.

Pulmonologist Mohammad Tarawneh told Jordan News that a mix of respiratory viruses “are spreading at the same time, and also earlier than usual”.

“Being infected with more than one type of virus could cause more complications, especially for those who suffer from chronic diseases, and children”, he said.

Tarawneh said that respiratory viruses “are currently widespread in the country”.

“However, there are no plans or measures by neither the Ministry of Health, nor the National Committee for Epidemiology to explore the extent of the spread, or the kind of dominant viruses”, he pointed out.

He voiced concern that the spread of the viruses could affect the health system in the Kingdom.

A source in the National Committee for Epidemiology, who spoke to Jordan News on condition of anonymity, said that a cure for the RSV exists, but not in Jordan.

Ministry of Health officials did not answer calls by Jordan News to elaborate on how it plans to deal with the wave of the seasonal viruses, the extent of its spread, and whether the health system can deal with a spike in infections.

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