Cold-season spread of COVID-19 to be lighter in Türkiye: Expert
Heading into fall, an expert is guardedly optimistic that the spread of COVID-19 this autumn and winter won't have a devastating effect in Türkiye.
Warning that there may be minor climbs in COVID-19 cases as the new school year kicked off, professor Alper Şener, an infectious diseases expert, doesn't expect this to turn into a new wave.
The professor stated that there will be no need for extra precautions other than airing the classrooms in schools, paying attention to wearing face masks on school busses and public transportation.
"If a highly contagious variant such as BA.2.75 seen in India does not disperse to Türkiye, if a new variant originating from Türkiye does not emerge, if we can protect ourselves adequately, prevent or delay its entry into the country, this winter will not require special preparation for COVID-19," he added.
Şener said Türkiye is among the countries that will pass the autumn and winter at ease, as with this summer.
"There has been a decrease in hospital admissions and intensive care unit stays, while COVID-19 services are also shutting down one by one as the peak we've had for two months has now wound down," Şener said.
Noting that it is not clear whether this downward trend will continue, Şener estimates that there may be a resurgence in the number of cases, especially in November and December, the period when respiratory tract viruses become active.
However, this won't turn into a new wave that will cause the number of cases to skyrocket as the vaccine already has a significant coverage range in Türkiye and a large proportion of the population has been infected and recovered, according to Şener.
Warning people aged 70 and over, which he described as the at risk group, Şener said, ...