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Reminding that coronavirus usually affects older people in the early stages of the pandemic, Turkey Medicals member and the head of the TÜSAD Infection Working Group Assoc. Dr. “However, the virus has recently started to threaten more and more young people both in our country and in the world,” was said.

Worldwide, deaths caused by Covid-19 have exceeded 4.5 million and the number of cases has exceeded 245 million. As the second year of the epidemic was underway, clinical data revealed that age groups susceptible to the Covid-19 pandemic were changing. Chairman of Infection Working Group of the Turkish Society for Respiratory Research (TÜSAD), who evaluated the latest situation in the Covid-19 pandemic, Assoc. Dr. made the following statements.


Currently, 20 percent of new cases in our country are observed at the age of 18 and under. Especially the risk is very high for children and young people due to the opening of schools and the formation of an unvaccinated group. For this reason, especially children who go to school and their families should definitely be vaccinated. Children usually have a mild illness, but if the flu symptoms such as nasal congestion, cold, cough persist, as well as fever, a doctor should be consulted immediately. In school and especially in school service vehicles, care should be taken to ensure that children follow the mask, distance and hygiene rules as in all general areas. As it is recommended in our country, young people and children aged 12 years and over should definitely be vaccinated. The FDA Advisory Board recommended vaccination from the age of 5, emphasizing that the benefit is greater. Again, China announced that it will vaccinate children aged 3 years and older with self-developed vaccines.


Both can cause infection at the same time, and this infection can lead to very severe clinical pictures. We are also seeing seasonal flu quite often this year, and the incidence of Covid-19 is still very high in our society. For this reason, we especially want the age group over the age of 65 and people with COPD, heart disease, and serious systemic diseases to get seasonal flu vaccines.


Especially those who have been vaccinated, Covid-19 can be mild with symptoms such as standing, headache, sore throat, mild fever, nasal congestion. However, I would like to warn you about one thing. The seasonal flu season has started and as the weather has cooled down, viral infections and seasonal flu (influenza) cases have started to increase in most of our country. This year, we are seeing flu cases more frequently due to the fact that there is some relaxation in the use of masks and public life continues by slowing down the measures. It is not possible to clinically distinguish influenza infection from coronavirus infection. For this reason, we recommend that people who show flu symptoms get a PCR test in Turkey.


With vaccination in the elderly, the risks of severe illness, hospitalization in intensive care and death decreased. Adults and children without vaccination are still the most at risk groups. Hospitalization and death are most often in unvaccinated people. We consider Covid-19 to be a vaccine preventable disease. Unfortunately, it is very sad that we are still losing young people to a vaccine-preventable disease.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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