New variant warning from Scientific Committee Member: ‘These variants can escape the vaccine!’

According to the data announced by the Ministry of Health, the number of cases increased by 114 percent in the week of June 27-July 3 compared to the previous week and increased 5 times in 2 weeks.

Noting that the 100 percent increase in the gap should be perceived as the end of the break, İzmir Katip Çelebi University Atatürk Training and Research Hospital Infectious Diseases Department Lecturer and Scientific Committee Member Prof. Dr. Alper SenerHe noted that the fluctuations they expected in the fall began to be experienced in July, adding to the concerns.

Considering the number of cases in June, Şener explained that there was a significant difference between the profiles of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in the wards and intensive care units, and continued as follows:

Since we have experienced these fluctuations before, I am a little uneasy in terms of the patient population we follow. Worldwide, BA4-BA5 variants are common with Omicron. It comes to Turkey 4-6 weeks after the fluctuations, especially seen in England, Germany and the USA.

We may experience these fluctuations, which we expect after September 15, in the middle of summer.We have a concern. Our vaccination rates have started to drop seriously. The group vaccinated every month is decreasing. Those who do not go to vaccination even though it is time for vaccination reduce the immunity rate of the society.‘ he said.


Emphasizing that the variety of variants entering and circulating in Turkey has increased, Prof. Dr. Şener used the following statements:

Variant diversity will increase as immunity range decreases. Hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions may increase. Because there is a group that persistently avoids being vaccinated and believes that they can protect themselves with natural immunity. We still have not broken this resistance.

We can see the pandemic of the variants we expect, such as September and October, in an earlier period. If the climb between the two weeks continues after the feast, we will see its reflection in the hospital and intensive care unit admissions. There may be an increase in the number of patients and admission to intensive care units. The Covid-19 infection is preparing for a Brazilian drama-like autumn.”

“2-thirds of those who come to the hospital are unmasked”

Explaining that the mask is very important in individual protection, Prof. Dr. Şener said that two-thirds of the patients who came to the hospital did not wear masks.

Stating that the epidemic only took a break, but did not end, Prof. Dr. Sener,We underlined the mask in individual protection, but no one applied it. Even to the masked group ‘Why are you wearing a mask? viewed as. I can only see a mask in 1 out of 3 of the patients entering the outpatient clinic in the hospital. 2 out of 3 unmasked. Infected people enter and leave the hospital. This is forgotten.

The fact that the ongoing emergency in Covid-19 has been lifted does not mean that the epidemic is over. The epidemic has stopped. Individual protection measures are at the forefront. Especially over the age of 65, they must wear masks when entering the hospital, in public transportation, and in public transport.‘ he said.


Stating that BA4-BA5 variants have not yet been detected in variant screenings in Turkey, Prof. Dr. Şener stated that they expect it to be seen in Turkey 4-6 weeks after it started to be seen in England and Germany.These new variants can be seen with us in August. These are variants with the potential to evade the vaccine. Just like the update on flu vaccines, we expect an update for the Covid-19 vaccine in the fall. Missing vaccinations must be completed.‘ he used the phrase.

Making warnings about the feast before the Eid al-Adha, Prof. Dr. Şener reminded that citizens over the age of 65 should be more careful and made the following assessment:

It is not very rational to celebrate with citizens over the age of 65 without a mask. We have a hidden pool of patients, some of whom do not even go to test, with mild air conditioning shock, mild respiratory infection signs. It is necessary to avoid the hidden patient pool a little. Because the hidden patient pool will appear in the form of an open patient pool and an open patient pool in time.

Open areas should be preferred during the feast. You should stay for a short time in closed areas. Distance must be observed. The time spent indoors should not exceed 10 minutes. Especially if we are celebrating with adults, I definitely recommend that both parties wear masks. There is a serious increase in the number of patients. These ‘outpatientThere is no guarantee that it will continue. It can be reflected in intensive care or services within a few weeks. It’s up to all of us to reduce it. We should all be protected and complete our missing vaccines.

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