January 4, 2023, 03:25 – Public News Service – OSN

Director of the N.F. Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Alexander Gintsburg said that the variant that began to circulate in Russia influenza B will soon replace option A. The expert noted that the new option is not capable of causing a pandemic.

“Influenza A is being replaced by influenza B, which is also very severe and no better than influenza A. They talk more about A because it can be pandemic. In there is no pandemic, it is actually a human flu. <...> Now a certain amount of it is already circulating, one is replacing the other, ”TASS quotes him as saying.

Earlier, immunologist Nikolai Kryuchkov said that in Russia the flu epidemic in 2023 would end in April and return in mid-autumn.

Most likely, this season will be epidemic, which occurs every five to six years, he said. But after April and until mid-autumn, according to the doctor, the situation will stabilize.

The situation will be complicated by the situation in China, where the coronavirus is spreading, he warned. But the year that has begun in terms of morbidity and mortality will not be the same as 2020 or 2021, Kryuchkov reassured. More about it read in material Public news service.