Autumn infections on the rise

18.11.2022 - 15:37
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Iceland's health services are under pressure as viral infections sweep the country. Sigríður Dóra Magnúsdóttir, director of medicine at Heilsugæsla höfuðborgarsvæðisins (the Capital region's health care service), says that autumn is here, and it's bringing infectious illnesses. "There are bad stomach bugs, which may pass quickly, but many serious respiratory tract infections are going on too." 

Sigríður Dóra says viral infections can cause severe symptoms and that "the flu has arrived, and although it's not an epidemic, there is a lot of transmissions." 

She also says that antibiotics do not help with these bugs and viruses, so people have to wait them out. 
"There's a lot of pressure on the health care system, so people should do what they can to look after themselves at home. Inhale a good head of steam, enjoy a bath, drink lots of fluid, maybe use a nasal spray and take paracetamol and fever-reducing painkillers. All of this helps lots of people," she says. 

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