A killer variant may appear!

As the fight against the coronavirus epidemic continues, the impact of the emerging Omicron variant is increasing day by day all over the world. There is an increase in the number of cases not only in Turkey, but also in Europe and America. Stating that there are two reasons for this situation, Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Specialist Prof. Dr. Serhan Sakarya stated that the contagiousness of the Omicron variant is much higher than the other variants, and the second reason is that people put aside the mask, distance and hygiene rules.


Stating that there is a serious misconception in the society that the Omicron variant is more easily circumvented, Prof. Dr. Sakarya said, “Those who come unvaccinated do not have it as easily as those who are vaccinated. Our unvaccinated patients come every time with pulmonary involvement and respiratory problems. Let’s also say that those who are sick develop better protection against this new variant. If they also have a disease and have been vaccinated, the virus can be recovered from the vaccine. I think that the numbers that will be announced next week in Turkey will be twice the number of patients now. Because we had a New Year’s Eve. People poured into the streets and entertainment venues. The rate of positive test results doubled last week. Isolation measures must be taken if precautions are needed. If not, the hospital will not be enough for the number of patients,” he said.


Stating that some people claim that the Omicron variant will infect everyone and herd immunity will improve, it will be the end of the pandemic, Prof. Dr. Sakarya, “Let’s take the flu. We get the flu vaccine every year because every year we come across different forms such as swine and bird flu. Covid will continue like this for a while, but now it has to come out of the pandemic, that is, the spread in the world must stop. The spread does not stop because the virus is dangerous changes. You know the plague epidemic. It lasted for about 25 years and 1/3 of the people in the world died due to this epidemic. Therefore, the virus can sometimes come together with another virus. If it combines with a virus such as Sars or Mers, the new baby that will emerge “The variant is like Chucky and can be deadly,” he said.


Explaining that under normal conditions, the number of patients will tend to decrease towards the summer months, Prof. Dr. Sakarya said, “Unfortunately, I do not think that the pandemic will end in a moment. At this time of 2023, we will still be talking about Covid. Because there are still countries in the world that cannot reach the vaccine and these variants come from these countries. For example, Omicron came out of Africa because there is no vaccine. These are under record. He said: “Immunization only in one country is not enough to save the job. It needs to be done with the same prevalence all over the world.”


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