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Reasons for Prolonging Fifth COVID-19 Wave Peaks in Kurdistan Province, Iran: A Qualitative Research
Nahid Zamanimahr1 , Karo Serwatyari1 , Khaled Rahmani 2
1- Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences
2- Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences , khaledrahmani111@yahoo.com
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Background and Aim: Iran was involved in the fifth wave of Covid-19 from the beginning of July to the end of August 2021. Unlike the previous waves, which lasted mainly 3-4 weeks, the fifth wave in the country, especially in Kurdistan province, was very long (more than 4 months). This qualitative study aimed to identify the causes of prolongation of the fifth covid-19 peaks in Kurdistan province from the perspective of medical experts involved in the pandemic.
Materials and Methods: In this qualitative study, the opinions of 52 medical professionals who were directly or indirectly involved in the surveillance and treatment system of COVID-19 were obtained using semi-structured interviews. Data analysis was performed using the framework analysis method.
Results: Low coverage of vaccination, insufficient belief and trust of some people in the community to vaccination, incomplete effectiveness of vaccines used, vaccination during incubation period or illness, non-compliance with health protocols especially use of masks among vaccinated people, lack of correct and consistent use of standard masks, insufficient facilities and medical services, use of outpatient treatment approach and rapid discharge of patients regardless of the disease transmission period, insufficient attention to family education of patients, weakness in contacts tracing of infected people, insufficient seriousness in implementing government decisions, especially insufficient government support for vulnerable people and businesses, community exposure to a new strain of the virus (Delta strain), increased chances of transmission in the community due to cold weather in the province were the most important reasons for the prolongation of the fifth covid-19 peaks in Kurdistan province.
Conclusion: Based on the results of the present study, various factors such as vaccination, behaviors of community members, governance decisions, and response rate of health system were involved in the prolongation of the fifth corona wave in Kurdistan province. It seems necessary to pay attention to these cases in dealing with the next waves and peaks.
Keywords: COVID-19, Peak, Vaccination, Pandemics
     
Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Received: 2021/12/3 | Accepted: 2022/03/16
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مجله علمی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی کردستان Scientific Journal of Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences
مجله علمی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی کردستان Scientific Journal of Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences
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