The radiation teams are now on the alert to monitor mutant virus cases. Which began to be seen in Turkey, Brazil, South Africa and England due to variants filyasyo has changed in the case and contact tracking algorithms. For those coming from Denmark, England, South Africa and Brazil, PCR performed in the last 72 hours will not be sufficient and 14 days quarantine will be mandatory. Here are all the details …
PCR IN THE LAST 72 HOURS WILL NOT BE ENOUGH, 14 DAYS QUARANTINE IS REQUIRED
From now on, PCR performed in the last 72 hours will not be enough for those coming from Denmark, England, South Africa and Brazil, 14 days quarantine is mandatory. Those from England and Denmark will stay at the address they have specified, while those from South Africa and Brazil will stay in dormitories under the Ministry of Health. If negativity is detected in the PCR test on the 10th day, the isolation will be terminated. Otherwise, the quarantine will be completed in 14 days.
TEST WILL BE PERFORMED ON THE 10TH DAY AFTER THE TREATMENT
In addition, the mutant virus is detected in citizens living in Turkey, after the 10th day of treatment, the test must be done. If the PCR is positive, the quarantine will continue and the test will be repeated every 48 hours. Isolation will continue until negativity is seen. The contacts of positive cases will not be able to leave the isolation without a negative result with the PCR test after 10 days of isolation.
FILATION WORKS CONTINUE WITHOUT INTERRUPTED
Since March, the start of a pandemic is about 4 thousand filyasyo team’s work began in Turkey, according to the number of cases continues uninterrupted with varying intensity team. During the second wave that took place in October-November, positive cases and contact were followed up with more than 10 thousand teams across the country in the film, which reached the highest number. Nowadays, as we approach the first year of the pandemic, those who are in contact with the cases infected with the mutated virus have been added to the tracking algorithm of the radiation teams that are still in the field. The average across Turkey 9 thousand, while close to 1,000 filyasyo team in Istanbul, case and contact as well as the follow-up, can not go to 85 years of age or hospital is conducting immunization activities at home for health care patients at home.
“DIFFERENT RULES FOR COMING FROM FOUR COUNTRIES”
Stating that they have been on the field with 50 teams and 100 healthcare workers since the epidemic started, Tuzla District Health Director Dr. Ahmet Karakaşlı said, “We did not decrease our speed because Tuzla is a district with organized industrial zones, shipyards and large barracks. The large number of communal living spaces requires constant vigilance. The decrease in the summer months did not put us in complacency either. Because the incidents in these public areas are still our fearful dreams, ”he said.
Emphasizing that the algorithm changes were made in the countries where the mutated virus was found and the cases and contacts infected with the mutant virus. Karakaşlı said, “The spread of these in our district may cause a serious number of cases in our country. The contact tracking rules of new cases were also changed by the Ministry. Those coming from 4 countries where the mutant virus was seen, the Republic of South Africa, England, Denmark and Brazil, were required to quarantine for 14 days, even if negative PCR tests were present in the last 72 hours. Those from England and Denmark will be able to stay in isolation at any address they want. But those from Brazil and the South African Republic were required to stay in dormitories. For those coming from countries other than these four, the PCR negative result in the last 72 hours is sufficient, there is no quarantine obligation, ”he said.
“THE APPLICATION IS DIFFERENT IN MUTANT VIRUS CASE AND THEIR CONTACT”
Pointing out that Covid-positive cases can get out of isolation on the 10th day, regardless of the test, Dr. Karakaşlı said that this rule has changed in “cases infected with mutant virus” and gave the following information: “PCR test is performed on the 10th day after the treatment of cases infected with mutant virus. If the test result is negative, the isolation is terminated. But if it turns out positive, the test is repeated every 48 hours and they have to stay in isolation until they see the negative result. ”
Pointing out that there are changes in the tracking algorithms of the “contacts” of cases infected with the mutant virus, Dr. Ahmet Karakaşlı said, “If no symptoms are seen in the contacts of normal Covid positive cases, the isolation is completed after 10 days without seeking the test condition. “For the contacts of the cases infected with the mutated virus, after 10 days of isolation, the PCR test is absolutely necessary, and the negative result must be seen in order to complete the isolation.”
“WE FIGHT ON THE FIELD, NOW WE ARE GOING WITH THE VACCINE WEAPON”
Stating that they have always been on the field to “fight” for about a year, Dr. Karakaşlı said, “Our radiation teams were going home for either positive cases or their contacts. Therefore, the risk of contamination was too high for us. In this sense, our teams worked very selflessly. But now we go home with guns. We have a vaccine, and when we go home for vaccination, the reactions we receive from the citizens are so happy that it also creates morale for our teams. “We are providing home vaccination service for our citizens over the age of 85 or those who receive health care at home, cannot go out, and have trouble going to the hospital.
AMBULANCE SUPPORT TO VACCINATION AT HOME
Pointing out that the vaccine teams went to the field with 112 ambulances, Dr. Ahmet Karakaşlı continued his words as follows:
“The ambulances provided by the Emergency Services Presidency for each district wait in coordination with vaccination teams at the midpoint of the regions where their teams go. Ambulance teams are also ready to intervene in an emergency or to transport the patient in a possible vaccine complication. Fortunately, we haven’t experienced any incidents for now. Our teams are already going home with the vaccines with their emergency bags. If unwanted allergies or side effects develop after vaccination, we are prepared for the possibility. ”
“FAMILY APARTMENTS HIGHEST RISK”
Stating that family apartments are one of the factors that pose the greatest risk for an increase in cases, Dr. Karakaşlı pointed out that the disease spread rapidly to the whole apartment, especially with a positive case in these apartments. Stating that adaptation to isolation is sometimes insufficient in contacts, Dr. Karakaşlı explained the measures they took for this as follows:
“In such apartments, we are going to collect samples especially from contacts in the early period. This further increases compliance with the isolation. Because when we take samples from the contacts, the information of these people also falls on the screens of the audit teams. We make these records through the FITAS application and this program is also available in audit teams. Thus, they check whether these people comply with the isolation at home or not. as it is all said there was an increase in Turkey in November in Istanbul. We went up to high numbers and together we pulled these numbers down. As a matter of fact, there has been a 90 percent decrease since then. Individual cases are still ongoing, and our response to them continues. ”
“WE WERE ALWAYS GOING TO THE CASE, NOW WE FIND MORAL WITH THE VACCINE”
Working in the filming team as a general practitioner for about 6 months in Tuzla District Health Directorate. Pelin Aşkın stated that they are more worried when they go to corona positive or suspicious cases, but they find morale nowadays with the start of vaccination studies: “We are a little more comfortable in vaccination applications. In the homes we go for vaccination, we first question whether they have had Covid before and whether they are allergic to the vaccine. We question his chronic diseases, medications he uses, allergies, if any. If there is no obstacle to the vaccination, we do the vaccination and we wait between 15 minutes and half an hour in each case. If any complications occur, this period may be longer. But thank God we have not experienced such a thing until now. ”
On the other hand, 73-year-old Nigar Elbir, who was vaccinated at home because he could not go to the hospital, said that he was very happy to be vaccinated and said, “I hope after the vaccination they will let us go out and our restrictions will end. There is nothing to be afraid of. It did not pity. I hope to be the second overrun, ”he said.