Abdulkadir Özkan: "Will the broken plan be fixed?"

Abdulkadir Özkan: "Will the broken plan be fixed?"
Date: 30.3.2021 17:00

Milli Gazete columnist Abdulkadir Özkan writes on Covid-19. Here is the full article.

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Every day, conflicting news about the coronavirus pandemic is reflected in the media. This inevitably leads to confusion, and furthermore, it reduces the confidence in the statements made. From the beginning of the pandemic until recently, statements came that the virus affected the elderly and caused their death. As such, our people over the age of 65 have almost lost their ties with daily life. In the meantime, it was said that the young people were resistant to the pandemic and that they could not overcome the high rate. However, at the point we arrived, the news that the disease was concentrated in the active working group between the ages of 40-50 and the cases were progressing slowly began to be reflected in the media. In another news that was reflected in the media on the same day, it was stated that the patients with the mutant virus were small children, causing an increase in the number of cases, especially in the 0-9 age group. So, does the fact that the number of cases are concentrated in the 40-50 and 0-9 age group mean that the prevalence over the age of 65 has decreased? It is not possible to find the answer to this question in the explanations made.
In addition to all these, it is possible to say that the increase in human mobility caused the number of cases to increase from 5 thousand to 30 thousand with controlled freedom. The fact that the epidemic intensifies, especially between the ages of 40-50, is from the active working group, which inevitably shows that the mobility causes the epidemic to accelerate. However, the reason for the prevalence among children has not been explained scientifically. Because the main reason for this group to get sick may be the opening of schools. If this is the reason, it is necessary to question whether the schools were opened. In addition, considering that distance education does not and cannot provide the results of face-to-face education, it is useful to re-evaluate the issue. Most importantly, different explanations should be minimized as much as possible. Because different explanations spread the hesitation in the society about the measures taken to prevent the epidemic and especially the prevention of the vaccine. In the meantime, a certain segment is constantly campaigning against the vaccine in the virtual world.
When all these negativities are added to the statements of the Minister of Health stating that there are some deficiencies in the supply of vaccines, the news in the media inevitably comes to the agenda with the heading "The delay in vaccination spoils the plans". Because the reason for the spread of the epidemic is becoming explained by the delay in vaccination rather than the controlled freedom in the society. If this is the case, while pink tables are drawn regarding the supply of vaccines for months, the reason for the 6-fold increase in the last month, despite the statements that 50 million doses of vaccine have been made and there will be no problem in the supply of the second 50 million vaccines, has become explained by the difficulty in the supply of vaccines. It turns out that his hopes to get rid of the disease are mainly attributed to the introduction of the local vaccine.
Let me state right away that even if there is no problem in the supply of vaccines, the hesitation in the society against the vaccine may inevitably reduce the number of those who are vaccinated. Meanwhile, hiding contacts may also play an important role in the increase of the epidemic. As a result, unavoidably, what is the probability of eliminating the delay in vaccine supply, will the plans that have deteriorated in the fight against the epidemic be corrected once the delay is removed? Because March ends and April is coming. As the time increases for vaccination to reach the required level, the epidemic will continue, which means that with the summer months, nationwide and even international mobility will increase, which will mean an acceleration of the epidemic. It is necessary to stop the statements that will prevent the spread of contradictory news as soon as possible. Otherwise, confusion will make our people even more uneasy.


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