Respiratory Diseases Endemic in China, WHO Again Investigates Lifestyle – 4 hours ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – China is experiencing a surge in respiratory diseases and pneumonia in children. Some experts outside China say the situation requires close monitoring, although they do not believe the disease will become a new global outbreak.

Due to this surge in cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially requested further details from Chinese authorities. However, according to reports AP Newsofficials in China said they had not seen anything unusual in this case.

The emergence of a new flu strain or other virus capable of triggering a pandemic usually begins with an undiagnosed respiratory illness. The most obvious example is the COVID-19 virus which was first reported as an unusual type of pneumonia.

WHO noted that authorities at China’s National Health Commission on November 13 reported an increase in respiratory illnesses. According to them, this spike in cases occurred because there were no longer any COVID health protocols.

“This is just a relatively large seasonal spike, perhaps partly due to chance factors and partly because there is a bit of ‘immunity debt’ from the lower winter spikes in the last three years,” said Ben Cowling, an epidemiologist at the University of Hong Kong, as quoted from Reuters.

Since mid-October, WHO said northern China has reported an increase in influenza-like illnesses compared with the same period in the previous three years.

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