How do we protect from the mutated virus? What are the precautions to be taken against mutant viruses?

Thursday, February 18, 2021 – 15:40 | Last Updated: 18 02 2021 – 15:40

Çukurova University (CU) Faculty of Medicine Balcalı Hospital Chief Physician and Ministry of Health Scientific Committee Member Prof. Dr. Hasan Murat Gündüz stated that the number of patients in intensive care units decreased by half with the restrictions compared to November and December, when the cases peaked in Adana. Gündüz stated that personal protective measures should be increased at the same rate in order to be protected from mutant viruses, whose contagiousness is 30 percent higher.

CU Faculty of Medicine Balcalı Hospital Chief Physician and Member of the Scientific Committee of the Ministry of Health Prof. Dr. Hasan Murat Gündüz said, “Fortunately, we see a decrease in the number of patients in our intensive care units by half compared to November and December. Of course, this does not mean that the virus has lost its effectiveness. This means the implementation of the measures and limitations taken. The more the number of patients or cases decreases, “The number of patients getting worse in intensive care is decreasing so much,” he said.


Expressing that the occupancy rate in intensive care units has decreased in recent days, Prof. Dr. Hasan Murat Gündüz said, “Our most vulnerable age group is especially those over 65. We continue to treat these groups mainly in intensive care units. However, our patients in their 40s and 50s can also get worse from time to time and receive intensive care treatment. the elderly patient groups are at a slightly higher level than the others. We are a little more fortunate in children. The number of our children who had to go to the hospital has decreased a little. These are mostly our children with chronic diseases and other accompanying diseases, but the number is not very high in children as well as in adults. there is a decrease, “he said.


Recently, at least 30 percent of the most important feature of the mutant virus seen in the world and Turkey is more striking is Professor of contagion Dr. Gündüz listed the measures to be taken for this as follows:

“The conclusion we have obtained from the data we have received so far is that the mutated viruses are transmitted faster. It is at least 1 in 3 faster, which may be even higher. There is no data on this issue. It is not possible to say that they are moving to intensive care units faster yet. . It is extremely important that we increase it by half. It looks like we have to continue until the end of the day.

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