Is it possible to stop or at least slow down the epidemic of coronavirus in France ? At the beginning of the month of July, Jerome Solomon, the director-general of Health, called to " prepare for a resumption of the epidemic ". A few weeks later, the Mayenne focuses all of the concerns and the incidence rate of the virus is top 10 in 19 counties, according to the data of public Health of France. Should we adopt a new strategy ? This is what writes the Pr Eric Caumes, service chief of infectious diseases at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, in an interview with the Parisien. It invites as well to let the young " contaminate them ".
For the doctor, the problem would be before any societal. So he considers it impossible to impose to the young people of 20 to 30 years of wearing " the mask is everywhere ", or " prohibit them from collecting, especially in the middle of summer ". Lack of the power to prohibit risk-taking behaviors, it proposes to embrace the situation. "This is perhaps not politically correct, but I think more and more that it should be allowed to contaminate them. "However, there are conditions. Thus, young people should not see their parents nor their grandparents." Where appropriate, they would become " a reservoir of contamination, and we will end up with an epidemic unmanageable. Not the kind of stigmatizing, and tell them to respect the elders. "
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The world health Organization displays to its side in a posture fundamentally different. During a press conference, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, has issued a warning. "We have said and we repeat again : the young may be contaminated, the young may die, and young people can transmit the virus ", has hammered the scientist, who believes that they "should be at the forefront of change" in the new social attitudes induced by the pandemic – distancing, physical, hand-washing, wearing a mask when the distance is impossible...
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The Pr Eric Caumes is also aware of the risks of the strategy it stands for. In the columns of Paris, he points out that if its strategy can "participate in herd immunity in the country," it " will be consequences ". In fact, "young people can also have severe forms of..." As it has already done in mid-July, the doctor also emphasizes the importance of controlling the entries on the territory. Rather than testing travellers arriving from countries at risk, he suggested to impose a quarantine. "If it continues, it goes right into the wall. "
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