December 17, 2022, 17:40 – Public News Service – OSN

Candidate of Medical Sciences, immunologist Nikolai Kryuchkov, in a conversation with Lenta.ru, said that the incidence of SARS and influenza in Russia can reach record levels over the past five years.

The specialist said that the previous highs were recorded in 2017-2018. “There is nothing surprising about SARS and influenza. I talked about this back in the summer and early autumn, that the season will be high and will repeat at least three-year, or even five-year highs, ”the immunologist said.

He explained that the high degree of infection of the disease is due to the abolition of coronavirus restrictions, which significantly reduced their spread.

“Over the past two seasons, herd immunity has not developed very well. In 2020-2021 there was no SARS and influenza, and in 2021-2022 it was, however, at a moderate level. At the moment, the population is more susceptible to these infections,” Kryuchkov said.

The candidate of medical sciences noted that compliance with measures for the prevention of coronavirus will help protect against infection with influenza and SARS. Wear masks, wash your hands more often, avoid crowded places, telecommute if possible, and maintain social distancing.

Earlier, the immunologist Kryuchkov compared the danger of influenza and COVID-19. Read more in the material Public News Service.