Many southern Chinese provinces, including Fujian, Guangdong, Shenzhen, Hainan, and Jiangxi, have recently issued urgent warnings about the acute influenza A virus H3N2. Many hospitals have long lines of patients waiting for medical examinations. The waiting time can allegedly take up to ten hours, and the number of infected children is fairly significant.
As reported by the Beijing Daily on June 21, numerous places in southern China have reached the pinnacle of the summer flu epidemic since the beginning of June. Fujian, Guangdong, Shenzhen, Hainan, and Jiangxi provinces have issued emergency alerts, and the number of individuals visiting the fever clinics is growing.
The Fujian Provincial Health Commission informed on June 20 that Fujian province is currently in the peak season of the influenza epidemic. “The number of fever patients in many regions has increased significantly as a result of climate change and other factors, particularly among children.” The website added, “The simultaneous presence of influenza and COVID-19 has hampered the ability of several local medical facilities to deliver medical examination and treatment services, producing congestion in fever clinics and extended wait periods for treatment.”
According to a Fujian Health News reporter, there have recently been a large number of children with flu-like symptoms in outpatient clinics. The number of cases examined at the Provincial Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology—considering outpatient, emergency, and child care departments—has more than doubled in the last month compared to the previous period. Over 500 people reached for examinations, most of whom were children with fever, and more than 300 children per day.
According to Vision Times, a similar event occurred in the Fujian province cities of Xiamen and Zhangzhou. According to the chief doctor of pediatrics in Zhangzhou, the number of patients visiting the clinic was constantly breaking records, and the medical staff had to work all night. The primary distinction between seasonal flu and the typical cold is that seasonal flu patients frequently have a high fever, bodily tiredness, pains, dizziness, headache, abdominal discomfort, vomiting, cough, and runny nose.
The current predominant flu strain in Guangdong province is influenza A H3N2. This virus has been extremely widespread in Guangdong province over the years, particularly in the summers of 2015 and 2017.
The flu pandemic in Shenzhen is currently centered in primary and secondary schools; it is likewise caused by a strain of the influenza A virus H3N2. This virus is distinguished by its fast onset, rapid propagation, severe morbidity, and broad range.
The peak season for influenza A H3N2 in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, has begun. The outbreak’s severity has increased dramatically compared to the same period in the previous two years. The majority of patients are schoolchildren and preschoolers. The elderly, people with chronic conditions, newborns, and young children are at greater risk of serious disease.
According to Sina Finance, this H3N2 flu outbreak is typical, although it triggered a pandemic before. For example, in mid-July 1968, this form of flu broke out in Hong Kong and triggered a global pandemic, killing approximately 1 million people.
According to Vision Times, the Twitter user @TragedyInChina posted a video with the tweet: “On June 20, there was a big line at the fever clinic in Xiamen. The flu is now widespread, and the lack of fever-reducing medications during a pandemic has sent everyone with a fever to the hospital!”
Another video posted by the account @Jzzrb123 shows a large number of people holding small children in line. According to Twitter users, on June 17, the flu epidemic in Dongguan city, Guangdong province, was so severe that many children became infected and had to wait in line for 5 hours just to be examined for only 5 minutes.
According to the Twitter account @COURAGESTARnew, “Cantonese pandemic, malaria clinics at several hospitals in Guangdong are filled.”
“This morning (June 18), the fever clinic at Guangzhou Women’s and Children’s Medical Center was overcrowded, and patients waited in long queues for examination,” claimed a tweet on June 21. “Outside, the queue is estimated to be approximately 10 meters long, and parents discuss, whine, and lament: ‘more than half of their classmates have the flu,’ ‘everyone in the house is getting sick one by one.’ “
According to Vision Times, other netizens said, “If a child has a fever and has to wait this long, it’s preferable to go home and wash with warm water.” When many individuals think of COVID, they exclaim, “What flu! It’s the COVID! Right now, I can’t say I don’t dare to report!”; “Hainan and Jiangxi have similar cases, which are most likely related to the vaccine,” “Many units have made internal announcements, it’s hot then they lie it’s the flu! The vaccine could be harmful, resulting in decreased antibody. It was the poison injection’s adverse effects that started to work.”
“In the past, the media disseminated that spring and autumn had a high incidence of flu. Now they start to declare that the summer will have a higher rate of flu. Maybe by the end of the year, it will say that in winter anyone can easily have the flu.” Another joked, “Finally, the influenza epidemic has a high infection rate throughout the year, every season.”