Increase in influenza-like-illness rate raising Covid-19 concerns

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Increase in influenza-like-illness rate raising Covid-19 concerns.

By Niamh Cahill.

The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate has increased, raising concern about the continued spread of Covid-19 in the community, according to the latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

The data shows the ILI rate had been falling, but increased from 18 per 100,000 population in week 17 to 21.9 per 100,000 population in week 18 (ending 3 May).
This is significant as, according to the HPSC, the elevated rate is reflective of the Covid-19 pandemic, rather than influenza activity.

The national public health emergency team (NPHET) uses a number of barometers to measure the prevalence of Covid-19 in the community and associated risks.
However, the best barometer, according to GP Dr Ray Wally, former IMO President, is the ILI rate, which is published weekly by the HPSC.

Based on this barometer only, and there are other barometers, such as the number of Covid-19 cases in ICU for instance, Dr Walley said this evidence shows the virus has not gone away.

“The figures reflect continued community prevalence,” Dr Walley told the Medical Independent.
“The figure is an increase but in the scheme of things it more reflects that the virus is still there rather than it has gone away or greatly increased.

“The rate is only one figure that the State needs to take into account when easing restrictions. The figure from week 19 due this will be of great interest.”
Given that restrictions are due to ease shortly, it is concerning that this figure has increased.

All ILI patients are currently referred for Covid-19 testing.
According to the ‘Influenza Surveillance in Ireland – Weekly Report Influenza Week 18 2020 (27 April – 03 May 2020)’, the elevated rate in recent weeks is “reflective of the current Covid-19 pandemic rather than influenza activity”.

Testing for influenza has been “reduced significantly due to the need to allocate resources to the Covid-19 pandemic response,” the report adds.

During week 18, 88 per cent of the 60 sentinel GP practices reported data. The ILI rate was highest in those aged over 65 years and lowest in those aged between 5-14 years and 0-4 years.

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Increase
The regular verb to increase means to become more. In the headline it is used to tell us that cases of an influenza like illness are increasing in Ireland.

Raising
The regular verb to raise, means to rise to a higher level. It is used in the headline to suggest that the Irish government are becoming more concerned about Covid19.

Concerns
Used as a noun concern means worry or anxiety. In the headline it is used to describe the worry about the illness in the Irish government.

The Sentinel GP (practices)
GP stands for General Practitioner. In Ireland GPs are the first doctor that you visit if you are feeling ill.
A GP’s office is called a practice, and the sentinel GPs are a group of specially selected GPs who report on specific illnesses to the government for monitoring.

Influenza-Like Illness
An illness that has the same symptoms as influenza but is not influenza is an influenza like illness.

Consultation Rate
In medical English the consultation rate is a very important measurement and term. The consultation rate is defined as the number of patients given consultation versus the number patients who asked for a consultation and didn’t get one.

Significant
The adjective significant is used to describe something that is very important.

Elevated
Elevated is an adjective which describes an amount higher than normal.

Is Reflective
This expression means as a result of something. >
In the article it is used to show that the levels of the influenza type illness are high because of the covid19 pandemic.

Barometers
A barometer is an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure. In article the word barometer is used as a metaphor to describe data shown on a bar chart.

Prevalence
The noun prevalence tells us that there is a hight level of something. In the article it tells us that there is a high level of the influenza type illness in the wider Irish community.

Easing Restrictions
This is a phrase that has become very popular during the covid19 pandemic. It is used to describe how the restrictions imposed on people are now not so hard.

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