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Commentary / VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1, APRIL 2020

Being a COVID-19 Patient as an Infectious Diseases Physician

Mahir Kapmaz

This paper is dedicated to the memory of legendary clinician, Professor Cemil Taşçıoğlu who succumbed to COVID-19. I am an Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology physician. We were at the frontline of the battle of COVID-19 soon after the first case in Turkey, that was officially declared on 11 March 2020. Rick Penciner was a […] Read More

Commentary / VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1, APRIL 2020

Clinical Management of COVID-19: Conceptual Framework

Jordi Rello and Ricardo Serrano

In the treatment of COVID-19, attention is focused on expensive, high technology equipment such as sophisticated ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which requires highly trained health care workers and aggressive pharmacological measures with weak evidence of efficacy. Read More

Commentary / VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1, APRIL 2021

The Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Variants on Morbidity, Mortality and Effectiveness of Vaccines

Kenan Midilli

Coronaviruses are known to evolve slower than the other RNA viruses; however, SARS-CoV-2 underwent a major shift through D614G change in February 2020, even before the declaration of a pandemic by WHO and D614G variant became rapidly dominant throughout the world.  The spike protein of this variant with D614G change have a higher affinity to […] Read More

Commentary / VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1, APRIL 2021

2021: The Year of Health Care Workers

Özlem Kurt Azap

World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that 2021 has been designated as the International Year of Health and Care Workers (HCW) in “appreciation and gratitude for their unwavering dedication in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic”. The theme of this one-year-long campaign is “Protect. Invest. Together.” which highlights the urgent needs such as equity and economic opportunity Read More

Commentary / VOLUME 3, ISSUE 3, DECEMBER 2021

Virtual Learning Opportunity During COVID-19 Pandemic: Comparison of Virtual (2021) and Face to Face (2019) Conferences of Turkish Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Önder Ergönül and others

About the last 10-year if not older, electronic learning as a training method in infectious diseases (ID) and clinical microbiology (CM) was defined as an area to be improved. In a survey published in 2017 by the European Society of Clinical Microbiology (...) Read More

Commentary / VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2, JUNE 2022

Pediatric Cases with Acute Severe Hepatitis of Unknown Origin: Summary of Special Session “Acute Severe Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology in Children” at the 32nd ECCMID in Lisbon, Portugal

Gülşen Özkaya Şahin and others

Following the increase in number of pediatric cases with acute severe hepatitis of unknown etiology (ASHep-UE), in collaboration with European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) and the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA), a special late breaking session “Hepatitis of unknown origin” was (...) Read More

Commentary / VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2, JUNE 2022

“Unite for Safety – Clean Your Hands”: The 5 May 2022 World Health Organization SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Campaign

Ermira Tartari and others

Hand hygiene improvement is a critical part of effective infection prevention and control (IPC) and therefore constitutes a priority for patient and health worker’s safety. However, hand hygiene compliance in healthcare settings remains sub-optimal globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends (...) Read More

Commentary / VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2, JUNE 2022

Management of COVID-19 Cases in Kosova

Salih Ahmeti and others

International collaborative consultations are significantly beneficial in combatting pandemics, although such opportunities were quite limited during the COVID-19 pandemic. We had the chance to convene with the experts to share experiences and review the practices in Kosova. Two days of expert consultation hybrid meeting […] Read More