Turkey, coronavirus pandemic

Only 8 out of 1,000 Turks have developed immunity to the coronavirus

This too low immunity rate exposes the population more to the risks of outbreaks and a 2nd wave of the coronavirus. Many young people carefree about the virus.

Only 8 out of 1,000 Turks have developed immunity to the coronavirus, a very low proportion which means that Turkey‘s population is more exposed to the risk caused by new outbreaks or a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts warn.

“The rate of people who have become infected and have developed immunity to this virus is only 8 out of 1,000. This is a very low proportion,” Dr. Seçil Özkan of the Gazi University of Ankara told the media, urging citizens to abide by the measures decreed by the authorities, including social distancing and the use of a mask.

The immunity rate of the Turkish population has been determined through antibody tests carried out by the Ministry of Health; so far 118,000 of the 153,000 planned tests have been carried out. “To be able to say ‘The disease is over, we are not going to see any more cases, people are immune’, the immunity rate must be at least 60%,” said the expert.

“On the other hand, this also means that we have done very well with the containment measures since March 11,” Özkan added, referring to the day the first case of coronavirus was detected in Turkey.

Özkan especially warns against the attitude of young people, who are the ones who most fail to comply with security measures against the coronavirus in Turkey. “They are at high risk. They think they can overcome the disease with mild symptoms, but they have no idea what the virus can do to their immune system,” the health expert insisted.