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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 471-472  

COVID-19: The curious case of the dog that did not bark


Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Alanya Training and Research Hospital, Alanya, Turkey

Date of Submission20-May-2020
Date of Decision21-May-2020
Date of Acceptance03-Jul-2020
Date of Web Publication17-Jun-2021

Correspondence Address:
A Sule Altinda
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Alanya Training and Research Hospital, Alanya
Turkey
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_268_20

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Dear Sir,

We read with great interest the editorial article “COVID-19: The Curious Case of the Dog That Did Not Bark” by Amitav Banerjee published on May 8, 2020.[1] We gratefully appreciate their contribution which enriched this issue. The author mentioned that lower median age of country, lower overweight prevalence, and cross-immunity to COVID-19 due to infections with other coronaviruses may be acting in isolation or more likely synergistically to cushion the impact of COVID-19.[1]

The infection occurred since the early March 2020 in our country, and there are overall 148,067 COVID-19 cases at present (May 17, 2020).[2] After the first case occurred in the country, actions have been carried out with a multisectoral approach, and protective measures have been performed to protect the society as a whole with the pandemic program.[3]

In this letter, we would like to share and contribute the current situation of Turkey as a response to the related article, a developing country located between Europe and Asia.

In [Table 1], of the seven countries, the USA has the largest epidemic of COVID-19. Compared to countries in Europe, Italy, France and Spain are the most affected countries by the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe[4] in terms of population numbers, cases, spread rate and deaths. Turkey's situation is similar to Germany. [Figure 1]. In [Table 2], of the seven countries, In terms of number and case fatality rate, turkey has a higher value than the neighboring eastern countries. In addition, compared with the neighboring East countries, in terms of population, cases, and deaths, Turkey is similar to Iran. Hence, Turkey, in terms of cases and death rates has similar characteristics to the European and Asian countries. It is more plausible to think that as a connection pathway between continents and due to high touristic activities, Turkey has geopolitical role in this epidemic.
Table 1: Cases and deaths from COVID-19 in Turkey and some Western countries

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Figure 1: COVID-19 country comparative graphic

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Table 2: Cases and deaths from COVID-19 in Turkey and East neighboring countries

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1.
Banerjee A. COVID-19: The curious case of the dog that did not bark. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth 2020;13:189-91. Available from: http://www.mjdrdypv.org. [Last accessed on 2020 May 17].  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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World Health Organization. WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard. World Health Organization; 2020. Available from: https://covid19.who.int/. [Last accessed on 2020 May 17].  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Demirbilek Y, Pehlivantürk G, Özgüler ZÖ, Meşe EA. COVID-19 outbreak control, example of ministry of health of Turkey. Turk J Med Sci 2020;50:489-94.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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World Health Organization. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Situation Report-43. Available from::http://www.mjdrdypv.org. [Last accessed on 2020 May 17].  Back to cited text no. 4
    


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