Gazi University Faculty of Medicine Dean, Head of Public Health Department, Scientific Committee member Prof. Dr. İlhan said that as the pandemic continues, new variants will definitely come out. Reminding that ‘Omicron’ came out of South Africa, Prof. Dr. İlhan said, “We know that South Africa also has very low levels of vaccination. This means that variants are more likely to emerge in countries where the vaccine is not intensive, and in countries where a certain percentage of the population has not reached the level of vaccination.”
‘NUMBER OF CASE INCREASES, INCREASES TO HOSPITAL’
prof. Dr. Reminding that the preliminary results of 2 studies on ‘Omicron’ were shared in the UK recently, İlhan said, “It has been revealed that hospitalizations have decreased with people infected with ‘Omicron’ by 2/3 in Scotland and almost half in England. Regarding the ‘Omicron’ process, people may be thinking, ‘There is more transmission, but is there less lethality, heavy passing.’ This may also be an option, but it is still early to say, a little more evaluation is needed. England, Scotland vaccination Countries with a very high rate of vaccination. Since the vaccination rate is high in these countries, it would be more accurate to say that hospitalizations are low even if people are infected with the ‘Omicron’ variant. Look, the most important thing is this actually; the number of cases is increasing, hospitalizations are decreasing. Why? Because? people are vaccinated,” he said.
‘TO COMPLETE OUR VACCINES WE NEED TO DO’
prof. Dr. Referring to the importance of completing the vaccinations, İlhan said, “The ‘Omicron’ variant has also been detected in our country. ‘Omicron’ can of course spread further. Citizens need to know that the transmission route of the virus has not changed. “Whether there is another variant or not, the disease is milder. What we need to do is complete our vaccine if it is missing, and not come together in closed areas,” he said.
‘PLACES MUST BE SELECTED BY ATTENTION TO THE RULES’
prof. Dr. İlhan emphasized that those who plan for the New Year should be careful and said:
“Unfortunately, during periods such as New Year’s Eve and holidays, citizens are more in the act of being together in crowds. When we look at the moment, we witness that there is a movement for the New Year. In the current situation, we need to be careful when we consider that the virus is highly contagious. My recommendations for the New Year are; again, citizens. If possible, they should spend time with their nuclear families, if several families are to come together, the environment should be ventilated with fresh air. At the same time, if citizens are going to come together, it is important to complete those who have missing vaccination doses, and to start those who have never started. If they go outdoors, they prefer to have spaces that are ventilated and pay attention to the distance. “I think we can spend the New Year’s Eve with as few infected people as possible.”
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