Altınbaş University Faculty of Medicine Inst. Member and Cardiology Specialist Prof. Dr. Özlem Esen made statements about the effects and spread of the new variant.
DO NOT RELY ON 2 DOSES OF VACCINE
Expressing that it is pleasing to see that the rate of the second dose of vaccine is high in Turkey, Esen warned, “However, our citizens should not trust that they have received 2 doses of the vaccine, but should get the 3rd dose of vaccine immediately”. Esen reminded that the USA also announced that it had reduced the full vaccination criteria from 2 to 3 in CDC, the authorized body.
Noting that the Ministry of Health has also increased the measures in this regard, Prof. Dr. Özlem Esen pointed out that the second issue is the rapid spread of Omicron indoors, as well. Esen also reminded that England’s New Year’s celebrations will not be held indoors.
“SEPTOMS ARE LESS, PEOPLE DON’T THINK THEY ARE COVID”
prof. Dr. Özlem Esen also shared the information that deaths due to Omicron are less. Esen, who connects this to being the most vaccinated society, said, “However, new data from South Africa show that the rates of intensive care hospitalization and death are high for those who are not vaccinated, who are old or have chronic heart disease. On the positive side, ‘myocarditis’, that is, heart muscle damage seen in people without known heart disease, is less with Omicron.
prof. Dr. Özlem Esen said, “This variant reproduces 70 times more in the lungs and trachea. But the symptoms are much less. People do not think that they have Covid 19, just in this season when flu and cold conditions can be experienced. This is partly the reason for its rapid spread. The rate of the Omicron variant in the UK has reached 80 percent. They found this situation very worrying. We understand better that it is not necessary to be comfortable and that mask, distance and hygiene rules must be followed. It was like a lesson, actually,” he said.
On the other hand, Prof. Stating that he received information from Pfizer Biontech that Covid 19 will be endemic in 2024, Prof. Dr. Özlem Esen said, “Accordingly, we can hope that Covid 19 will continue in local regions, in countries where vaccination is lower. I hope we can live in these days too,” he said.