Is an eighth wave of Covid-19 inevitable at the start of the school year? According to Brigitte Autran, the president of the Committee for monitoring and anticipating health risks which replaces the Scientific Council, this is unfortunately the most likely scenario.
In the columns of Le Parisien, the professor of immunology declares: “We are not diviners, but it is almost certain that there will be a wave in the fall. Today, we have to go to live with it”.
If this does not mean that we should ignore the seriousness of the disease and its victims, the expert indicates that we should not hesitate to activate the “levers” available.
“There are still too many people who are not vaccinated or not revaccinated. Effective treatments to avoid serious forms such as Paxlovid are too little known, too few offered to fragile patients”, she regrets.
For his part, epidemiologist Martin Blachier intervened with Cnews to affirm that the Covid-19 would no longer be the cause of “devastating waves”, the virus having become “a public health problem like a whole bunch things, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, mental health problems and all the others”.
“In terms of impact these are waves not far removed from the flu years,” the doctor concluded.
In the meantime, epidemiological indicators are still quivering. In some departments, hospital tension remains high, making them more fragile in the face of a possible resurgence of the epidemic this fall. Discover the list of territories concerned in our slideshow below.
The figures provided are based on Covid Tracker data as of August 18, 2022. As a reminder, hospital strain corresponds to the number of critical care beds occupied by Covid-19 patients compared to the number of beds available at the start of the pandemic, end of 2018.