A new virus has been discovered in Turkmenistan, but is it not “corona”?

An outbreak of a new virus has been recorded in Turkmenistan, which causes flu-like symptoms and also leads to loss of the sense of taste and smell in those infected. Local medical institutions are not reporting an increase in the number of cases, but concern is growing among the population and health experts.

The new virus, presumably of a respiratory nature, is manifested by the following main symptoms: fever, dry cough, headache, general weakness and body aches, loss of the sense of taste (hypogeusia) and smell (anosmia). Doctors note that loss of taste and smell is often one of the first signs of the disease and can persist for several weeks after other symptoms have disappeared.

Meanwhile, the authorities of Turkmenistan have not announced a number of measures aimed at containing the spread of the virus, and there is no active informing the population about precautionary measures.

Of course, while the Ministry of Health of Turkmenistan is silent, residents of the country will have to take care of themselves, including wearing a mask, regular hand washing, self-isolation and disinfectants. And all because in Turkmenistan the quality of medical care is poor and getting sick is expensive. The problems affect both the logistics of medical institutions and the staffing and organization of the healthcare system. That is, new institutions are appearing, but not all clinics have equipment, not all citizens have access to hospitals, and medications sold on pharmacy shelves often have expired expiration dates. Specialists do not monitor this and do not punish the perpetrators; as a result, the population suffers, since after using tainted drugs, patients only get worse.

Let us add that the spread of the new virus in Turkmenistan, instead of silence, requires decisive and coordinated actions on the part of the authorities, medical institutions and the population. It is important to begin monitoring the situation and follow the recommendations of specialists to minimize risks and prevent further spread of the disease.