Coronavirus. To reduce contamination, harden and stack measures

The number of confirmed positive cases has increased to more than 33,417 in 24 hours, according to figures released Tuesday, October 27, on the government’s official website. Over the period, 523 additional deaths were observed, including 235 in nursing homes.

While the number of positive cases crossed the 50,000 mark this weekend, Emmanuel Macron will meet for a second time, Wednesday, October 28, a restricted defense council dedicated to the Covid-19 epidemic. Canceling a trip to Le Creusot (Saône-et-Loire), the Head of State had already met the council, Tuesday, October 27, thepresaging a further tightening of measures to reverse lhe contaminations and admissions curves for patients in intensive care are soaring.

The virus “out of control”

Cinqaunte-quatre departments and Polynesia, or 46 million French people, are already affected by a curfew limiting travel between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. As the virus circulates “Is out of control”, judges infectious disease specialist Gilles Pialoux, who indicated on BFM-TV that it was necessary to “Reconfine the country”, the executive must decide. “We must expect difficult decisions”, conceded the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin.

Extended curfew in the Lower Rhine

Several scenarios are on the table: containment “Less hard than that of March” and curfew “More massive” as suggested, Monday, October 25, the President of the Scientific Council, Jean-François Delfraissy. In a tense health context, the prefecture of Bah Rhin, she did not wait for arbitration. On Monday, she proclaimed a strengthening of the curfew for bars and restaurants. These establishments are only authorized to open between 11 am and 3 pm and between 6 pm and 8:30 pm. Bars which do not serve food remain closed.

Accumulate actions to limit infections

It’s the “Emmenthal model”, mentioned Sunday on LCI by Karine Lacombe, head of the infectious disease department at Saint-Antoine hospital (Paris). It was conceptualized in 1990 by James Reason, professor at the University of Manchester, to explain accidents such as the Concorde or the disaster in Fukushima, Japan. “Each slice of this cheese represents an action that we could do”.

Physical distance, ventilation of the premises, wearing a mask, hand hygiene, screening and isolation, tracing, disinfection of surfaces. “Each of these slices of cheese which has holes means that each action is not 100% effective, but it is the stacking of the different actions that makes it possible to avoid industrial accidents or here contamination by the Covid ”.

Apply the measures properly

“We must improve the application of measures”, in particular, the strict observation of physical distancing and barrier gestures, insists Pascal Crepey, biostatistician at the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health. He recommends extensive use of teleworking.

In September, only 12% of employees worked telework, against 70% on site, according to the statistics service of the Ministry of Labor (Dares). It also invites the French to use the application TousAntiCovid which makes it possible to quickly identify contact cases. Four million downloads to date, “While 50 million French people use a cell phone… This is not enough”.


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