Description of ‘variant in Covid-19 outbreak’ from Scientific Committee Member Turan

Turan, who is also the Intensive Care Administrative Officer of Ankara City Hospital, made evaluations about the course of the Covid-19 epidemic and the decreasing trend in the number of cases.

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 Covid-19 data for the period of September 5-11, 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 intensive care and hospitalizations have decreased. There is a decrease of 35-40 percent in our hospital,” he said.

Explaining that the number of Covid-19 intensive care services in Ankara City Hospital has also been reduced, Turan said, “Currently, we have 2 Covid-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.


Turan pointed out that the number of cases during the peak periods of Covid-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 Covid-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.


World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Reminding Hans Kluge’s statements that “if a new variant of Covid-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 is more It 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, the fact that the variants did not appear is a promising situation for us. We are likely to approach the end of the epidemic, our expectations and hope And that’s the way it is. Because we haven’t seen a new variant yet.”


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

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

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


Explaining that Covid-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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