EC Microbiology

Review Article Volume 19 Issue 1 - 2023

Influenza Infection Post-COVID-19 Pandemic

Amira R Albannai1*, Mohammed Saleh Alonazi2, Abdulmajeed Mohammed Alsalem3, Abdullah Mohammed Baajaj4, Mohammed Ahmed Alabyad5, Badriah Ibrahim Yahya Haqawi6, Rana Mohammed Rahimaldeen5, Atif Abdullah Althobaiti7, Shatha Mohammed Althobaiti8, Mohammad R M R H Alajmi9, Khaled Ibrahim Alrefai10, Maram Hussain S Saleh11, Abdulmajeed Suwaylh Al Rabie8 and Yousef Mohammad Alharbi8

1General Medical Committee, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2Prince Sultan Military Medical City (Psmmc), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3Security Forces Polyclinic, Ministry of Interior, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4Alnoor Specialist Hospital, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
5King Fahad General Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
6King Khaled Hospital, Najran, Saudi Arabia
7King Abdulaziz Specialist Hospital, Taif, Saudi Arabia
8King Faisal Complex Hospital, Taif, Saudi Arabia
9Adan Hospital, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia
10King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Medical City, Medina, Saudi Arabia
11King Abdulaziz Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author: Amira R Albannai, General Medical Committee, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Received: December 27, 2022; Published: December 30, 2022

Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented-scale global disruptions in our daily lives. With more than 6 million deaths worldwide, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)-caused coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had a devastating impact on the world's demography and is now the most significant global health disaster since the 1918 influenza pandemic. Since the beginning of 2020, adjustments to contact and transportation patterns have impacted the seasonal patterns of several infectious diseases around the world, including influenza. The impact of these perturbations can help clarify important epidemiological mechanisms that, after decades of study, remain obscure. The potency and mechanisms that underlie seasonality in transmission, immunity to natural infection's persistence, evolutionary bottlenecks operating during low transmission seasons, and the effect of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI) that might be used in influenza pandemics in the future are some of these.

Aim of the Study: The aim of the present study is to understand the severity, morbidity, and variation associated with viral infection influenza post-COVID-19 pandemic.

Methodology: The review is a comprehensive research of PUBMED since the year 2011 to 2022.

Conclusion: Influenza is thought to cause more serious outcomes and complications more frequently. Although it was first believed that our newest foe, COVID-19, would have more severe effects than previous respiratory tract viruses, recent research has once again shown that influenza is not such a benign virus, particularly in youngsters. Despite the fact that social isolation and mask use have reduced the spread of other respiratory viruses, including influenza, influenza vaccination, especially for the elderly, is highly advised following COVID-19 due to the significance of the issue and the potential for serious complications in a population of high-risk or hospitalized patients.


Keywords: Influenza Virus; COVID-19; SARS-Cov Virus; Pandemic

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Amira R Albannai., et al. “Influenza Infection Post-COVID-19 Pandemic”. EC Microbiology  19.1 (2023): 103-110.