COVID-19 PANDEMIC PROCESS: ITS EVALUATION IN TERMS OF SPREADING RATE, MORTALITY RATE AND PRECAUTIONS TAKEN


ARDIÇ C. , Uzun K. , Yazan Arslan A., Şahin A. , Hür M., Nur SERÇE M., ...More

ANKARA MEDİCAL JOURNAL, vol.2020, no.2, pp.369-379, 2020 (National Refreed University Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2020 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Title of Journal : ANKARA MEDİCAL JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.369-379

Abstract

Objectives: On 31 December 2019, the China Country Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on cases of pneumonia with unknown etiology in the Wuhan city of the province of Hubei. On 7 January 2020, the factor was defined as a new Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that had not been detected in humans before. The aim of this study is to analyze the pandemic in 8 different countries. Materials and Methods: In the study, we included the countries with the highest numbers of cases by the date 04.05.2020 (USA, China, Italy, Germany, Iran, France, Turkey), as well as South Korea. We comparatively analyzed the countries’ total case and mortality numbers, mortality rates, over-65 years old population rates and dates of precautions that were taken. Results: The number of COVID cases in the entire world exceeded 3.6 million, and approximately 75.2% of these cases were seen in 7 countries (USA, Italy, China, Germany, France, Iran, Turkey), whereas the number of related deaths worldwide exceeded 250 thousand by the same date (04.05.2020). Conclusion: We are facing the greatest pandemic of the last century, or even the history of humanity, which has affected the society in all aspects from the field of medicine to economics. The greatest weapon for the history of humanity in the fight against the pandemic would be countries’ transfer of their knowledge to each other. Keywords: COVID-19, mortality rate, countries' precautions.