A decree issued Saturday, 25 July in the official Journal allows nursing graduates of State, students of odontology, maieutics and pharmacy, the nurses, the firefighters, the sailors firemen and rescuers of the approved associations of civil security holders adequate training in first aid practice samples for the screening tests of the Covid-19. This measure has been taken by the government to alleviate the shortage of manpower in the laboratories. It is also intended that the tests, even without a prescription, will be covered by health Insurance. A test will cost 54 euros.
The government has already broadened the possibility of the levies, originally reserved only for medical biologists, to 40 000 laboratory technicians. It is testing virological PCR for which the waiting times are now too long in many areas, notably in the Île-de-France, where the lack of arm and strong demand lead to quasi-saturation. A problem that could be accentuated while France has recently enhanced its system of screening by making testing mandatory at airports for travelers from 16 countries classified as " red ".
Distribution of the masks endorsed
" we need many more people to sample. If you want to control the epidemic, it must be tested much more widely in the population, " said Saturday on Europe 1, the epidemiologist Catherine Hill. "We have concentrated on the homes, but it is a serious error, it is necessary to focus on the carriers of the virus," she warned then that the Directorate-general of health (DGS) has alerted the day before that the fact that viral circulation was in a "net increase" in the country, with more than 1 000 new cases per day.
The decree approves also the free distribution of masks to the French in the most precarious, the measure announced by the minister of Health Olivier Véran on Wednesday (40 million masks distributed to 7 million of French beneficiaries of the complementary health solidarity, aid to the payment of a complementary health and medical aid of the State).