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Things You Should Know About H3N2 Virus

Updated On Mar 15, 2023

COVID-19 has spread fear in the lives and minds of many. The deadly virus has taken many lives. The situation is now under control, but the new H3N2 virus, the subtype of the influenza A virus, is rapidly spreading across the country. The H3N2 virus has been said to have claimed two lives in the country. Over 90 flu cases of the virus have been reported. Read on to know all about the H3N2 virus, signs, symptoms, dos don’ts, etc.

What is the H3N2 virus?

The H3N2 virus is an influenza virus causing respiratory infection. This type of virus normally circulates in pigs and then impacts humans. The virus was first reported in pigs in the year 2010. 

How does the H3N2 virus spread from pigs to humans?

The H3N2 virus has been said to spread from pigs to humans in the form of droplets released by the pigs while coughing or sneezing. In a similar way, the virus spreads from person to person. Virus enters the human body in case the infected person comes in contact with the healthy human who happens to inhale the droplets released by the infected individual. 

What are the symptoms of the H3N2 virus?

Given below are the symptoms of the H3N2 virus:

  • Coughing
  • Chills
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Throat ache
  • Muscle and body ache
  • Runny nose and sneezing

It is necessary to see the doctor immediately in case the person experiences difficulty in breathing, fever, chest pain, etc.

H3N2 virus: Precautions to be taken

The virus has a deep impact on the respiratory system which can even lead to death in severe cases. Hence, it is necessary to take the following precautions

  • Check your oxygen levels at home with the help of a pulse oximeter
  • Visit the doctor immediately if the oxygen levels drop to less than 95%
  • ICU admission would be required in case the oxygen levels drop to less than 90%
  • Avoid self medication

Dos and Don’ts to prevent H3N2 virus

The virus can spread rapidly due to which it is important to take the necessary steps to prevent its further spread

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Wear face masks
  • Avoid visiting crowded places
  • Don’t touch your nose and mouth
  • While coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth
  • Consume plenty of fluids and stay hydrated
  • See a doctor in case of high fever, body ache, etc
  • Avoid spitting in public places
  • Do not self medicate

Also read: Difference Between Top-up And Super Top-up in Health Insurance


This article is issued in the general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard.

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