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Winter exposes new health challenges

Winter exposes new health challenges

Marthina Mutanga
AS Winter approaches and people will be spending more time together indoors, more caution should be exercised as the cold facilitates viral spread and weaker immune systems due to the mild vitamin D deficiency due to a lack of sunlight.


The Country Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Namibia, Dr. Eric Dziuban, said has, however, not yet been proven that the coronavirus is seasonal.


Dr. Dziuban encouraged Namibians to continue implementing good hygiene practices and to maintain a safe social distance when in public areas and wearing their masks while out and about.


“We are in a challenging time and we don’t know until when this will come to an end. The measurements that the government has currently put in place are working very well. Although it is going to be a long struggle, Namibia has done relatively well to contain the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Dziuban.


The Winter season, which is also a flu season, means that people will have to take even greater care of themselves with immune system boosters in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Winter people indoors caution cold facilitates viral spread
TAKE CARE: Dr. Eric Dziuban. Photo: MICT


This is the opinion of Dr. Bernard Haufiku, Special Advisor to the Namibia Presidency on health matters, while advising that the flu vaccine will minimise the flu bacteria.


According to Haufiku, the public should still keep fit and take more immune boosters, such as Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin E and Iron, to fight off an unwanted cold.


“People doubt the effectiveness of a flu vaccine in preventing flu, but it is advised to take it. It is, however, a bit late now for the vaccine as if should have been taken at least in March or April,” he explained.


Dr. Haufiku noted that during Winter, people might display coronavirus-like symptoms and if showing flu symptoms, people should stay at home and take care of themselves.


Children under the age of five, pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems and those aged 65 years and above are at higher risk of contracting the flu.


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