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Summer grip crosses Switzerland

With high temperatures, the clinical thermometer also grows among a large number of people in Switzerland. "I have never been so sweaty in life as I was when I lay in bed at 36 degrees outdoors with a heavy cold and a temperature of 39 degrees," F.T. complains. "Sometimes I was thinking of moving to a hotel where it is colder," says the 34-year-old.


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Rather than cool down in the bathroom, ten-year-old son K. R. kept the bed for several days. "It has a fever of 39 degrees and it just feels miserable in the heat." The other father states that his one-year-old daughter has a middle ear infection. "She is already the third child in our environment, which is affected." Previously, his partner had cough, sore throat and nasal discharge.

Others in Switzerland were cold during the heating phase. "My girlfriend was so rough that she did not have a voice," one man says.

Symptoms appear suddenly and violently

Cantonal doctors confirmed that summer flu is presently present. "Coxsackie viruses and enteroviruses, which can cause severe symptoms of similar flu in a short time, are common in the summer months," says the doctor of the canton Schaffhauser Maha Züger. In the canton of Schaffhausen, more and more people suffered from colds and fever. Since cases do not have to be reported, there is no specific information. The symptoms are set to the doctor suddenly and violently. "Within a few hours, those who are affected get throat or ear aches and nose bleeds. In most cases there is a temperature up to 39 degrees.

Some people would lie in bed and sweat twice as much as summer flu at this time of year, says Züger. "Since the body has to deal with high outside temperature and extreme heat, the summer's flu is particularly stressful for circulation." It is important to adjust the temperature in the bedroom without air conditioning or fan.

Call for Hygiene

Monika Hänggi, a cantonal doctor at Basel-Landschaft, also says, "There are viruses, including common colds, which can be expressed through painful throat, numbness, coughing, nose leakage and even fever."

Hänggi points out that viruses can spread droplets. "Therefore, hygiene should be observed even during the heat." He advises to sneeze or cough in the hands or hips, and hands regularly and thoroughly with soap. washing.

There is a lot of Neocitran sold

Summer flu is also visible in pharmacies: By the end of June, there were considerably more medicines for colds or counters, as employees of various Swiss pharmacies. "In June we sold 12 percent more Neocitanium than in June 2018. The demand for cough medicines is also higher," says Megy Keller, co-CEO of Bahnhof-Apotheke Zurich.

Schaffhausen's pharmacists have recently served many clients who suffer from inflammation of the throat. "We sold twice as much throbbing neck pain in June than in the same month last year," says Lena Rütschi, a pharmaceutical assistant at the Schaffhausen Pharmacy. In addition, there were some patients with feverish fever. In Careland Apothecary Aarau, the demand for cold medicines was also sought. "Many clients have throat, cough or nasal discharge," says assistant pharmacist Céline Bachmann.

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