Description of the “variant in the covid-19 epidemic” from turan, member of the scientific board:

Description of the “variant in the covid-19 epidemic” from turan, member of the scientific board:
Description of the “variant in the covid-19 epidemic” from turan, member of the scientific board:

ANKARA (AA) – BURCU ÇALIK- Ministry of Health Coronavirus Scientific Committee Member Prof. Dr. Sema Kultufan Turan reminded that a new variant has been struggled with every season when Kovid-19 peaked, “There has been no new variant in recent months.” said.

Turan, who is also the Intensive Care Administrative Officer of Ankara City Hospital, made evaluations about the course of the Kovid-19 outbreak and the decreasing trend in the number of cases, in a statement to the AA correspondent.

Pointing out that the number of cases was recorded as 22 thousand 441, the number of deaths as 89 and the number of recoveries as 25 thousand 143 in the weekly Kovid-19 data for the 5-11 September period, which was recently announced by the Ministry of Health, Turan said, “There was a serious increase in the number of cases at the beginning of August, “It was a reflection of the post-holiday holiday. But when we came to today, there has been a significant decrease in the number of patients who applied to the hospital and especially to the polyclinics. In parallel, the number of intensive care and hospitalizations has decreased. There is a decrease of 35-40 percent in our hospital.” he said.

Explaining that the number of Kovid-19 intensive care services in Ankara City Hospital has also been reduced, Turan said, “Currently, we have 2 Kovid-19 intensive care units with 24 beds each. We serve our patients in need in these areas. We work very actively and taking action in our hospital according to the number of cases. We increase it when needed and reduce it to serve other diseases when the need decreases.” shared his knowledge.

– “The number of cases is now increasing more slowly during peak periods”

Turan pointed out that the number of cases in the peak periods of Kovid-19 with the effect of vaccination increased a little more slowly and started to decrease again after reaching a certain saturation point. The number of Kovid-19 cases is currently in a decreasing trend and this continues.” he said.

prof. Dr. Turan, on the other hand, noted that there is a possibility of an increase in the number of cases towards November with the entry of the winter season and the opening of schools.

– “We haven’t seen a new variant in recent months”

World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Reminding him of Hans Kluge’s statements that “if a new variant of Kovid-19 does not appear, the epidemic may end soon”, Turan made the following assessments:

“Until now, we have struggled with a different variant in every peak period of Kovid-19. The virus was constantly changing itself in order to be able to infect more and cause disease. In recent months, there has been no frequent new variant. As WHO reported, variants have emerged. “This is a promising situation for us. We are likely to approach the end of the epidemic, this is our expectation and hope. Because we have not seen a new variant yet.”

– “Individual precautions are also protective in terms of seasonal flu”

Coronavirus Scientific Committee Member Turan emphasized that individual measures should be made a part of life in general, not only during the peak periods of Kovid-19.

“Individual precautions should be prioritized not only for Kovid-19 but also for other seasonal flu factors.” Turan pointed out that during the winter months, other viral infections other than Kovid-19 increased.

Turan said:

“People with symptoms need to pay a little more attention to individual precautions. Those who feel symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, fever, and weakness will protect the people around them by wearing a mask in isolation from other people. Likewise, children with symptoms should not be sent to school, if they have to go to school. “If there is a mask, it would be appropriate to send it by paying attention to the mask. This measure reduces the transmission. Individual precautions are also important in terms of learning how to fight viral infections after the pandemic.”

– “reminder dose” warning for older people

Explaining that Kovid-19 vaccines strengthen the body’s immune system against infection, Turan emphasized that although there are different variants, vaccines are still protective in terms of severe disease.

prof. Dr. Turan said that it is important that especially elderly people pay attention to complete their vaccinations and to have reminder doses.

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