First Coronavirus Report of Turkey: 70 Percent of Infected People Live in Cities

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The first scientific study has been conducted on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Turkey. Based on over 6 thousand data acquired from 1,014 patients from 125 hospitals, the study has been published in the preprint version of a prominent journal of medicine in the UK.

Team led by a Scientific Board member

The study has been carried out by a team led by Pulmonologist Prof. Tevfik Özlü, a member of Health Ministry’s Science Board. It has been published in the preprint version of “The New England Journal of Medicine.”

As reported by Hürriyet newspaper, the study of the team is the first scientific article on COVID-19 outbreak in Turkey to be published on an international journal. Accordingly, the 27-page study has been reportedly submitted to the review of the Scientific Research Commission so that it can be further extended to be finally published on the journal.

Prepared on the basis on 5-week data acquired from the highest number of patients in Turkey so far, the study shares the below figures in brief:

Highest incidence among men over 50

The average age of those who caught COVID-19 in Turkey is 50. The disease has been diagnosed in the 50±18 age group. 54.7 percent of the patients are men, according to the study.

43.9 percent caught the virus with contact

It has been understood that 43.9 percent of the COVID-19 patients in Turkey caught the disease via contact with someone infected with the virus.

8.2 percent were abroad within 14 days

It has been detected that 8.2 percent of the patients had been abroad within 14 days before they were diagnosed with the disease.

70 percent live in the cities

70 percent of positive cases live in cities.

Incubation period: 5.4 days

The incubation period of coronavirus after a person comes into contact with it has been measured as 5.4 days on average.

5.9 percent showed no symptoms

In applications to hospitals, the most frequent complaints were cough with 65.7 percent, fever with 49.2 percent, fatigue and malaise with 39.6 percent. 5.9 percent of patients showed no symptoms.

Fatality rate 3.8 percent

The fatality rate of COVID-19 in Turkey is 3.8 percent. While 9.5 percent of diagnosed cases had an outpatient treatment, 79.4 percent were placed in isolated services and 11.1 percent in intensive care.

4,171 people have died in Turkey so far

According to the latest figures announced by the Ministry of Health yesterday (May 18), Turkey’s death toll from the new coronavirus pandemic rose to 4,171 as the country reported 31 new fatalities over the past 24 hours. The country also had 1,158 new cases, bringing the tally to 150,593. (PT/SD)

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