Coronavirus, what to know this week: a contested re-containment


A few days after the start of the entry into force of the new confinement, the situation is still chaotic. More flexible than in spring, the measures are criticized, contested or misused. Scientists warn about their ineffectiveness and the extension inevitable containment while thehospital is preparing for difficult days. The tradespeople, supported by local elected officials, are angry and trying to survive through online sales. In return, the large distribution empties its shelves of essential products. A “ubiquitous farce” denounces Le Figaro. Not all companies play the game of telecommuting and, for many, encourage employees to come to the office.

Good reading,

Camille Lestienne, journalist at Figaro.

1. Containment too flexible for scientists …

On the first day of confinement, still many people in the streets of Paris. Le Figaro

Lightened confinement, will it be enough to reverse the curve? With a much smaller drop in travel than in March, crowded public transport and full high schools, the new confinement seems to fail to keep the French at home. The much more flexible restriction measures than in the spring are questioning the scientific community. “Extended confinement is inevitable“, Warns epidemiologist Catherine Hill, who advocates” close schools and then confine hard to massively test“. Others insist on the need to prepare for prudent deconfinement: “closure of certain businesses, possible establishment of a curfew, etc. The triptych ‘test, trace, isolate’ will have to be very effective», Emphasizes Vittoria Colizza, specialist in infectious disease modeling. For everyone, Christmas cannot be celebrated under normal conditions. Even if the Minister of Health assures that Christmas “will be done in all cases“, The French are already preparing to spend a very special end of the year. It is anyway far too early to know the impact of containment on epidemic curves. Several scenarios that Le Figaro was able to consult are moreover explored in the latest models of the Institut Pasteur.

Hospitals close to saturation. In the past 24 hours, hospitals have recorded 3,681 admissions for Covid-19 contamination. In total, 27,534 patients are hospitalized, including 4,089 in intensive care. The next fortnight promises to be difficult for the intensive care units close to saturation. Even if the “sorting” of patients is not yet on the agenda, the deprogramming of operations is already underway. And this is the risk to be taken into account while some dispute the reality of the occupancy rate of intensive care beds. To address this resurgence of the epidemic, doctors will be able to learn from a large French study carried out on patients admitted to intensive care during the first wave of Covid-19 and whose survival has clearly improved. Rather young, these patients presented common pathologies of the French population: overweight or obesity, hypertension, diabetes. The second wave is also falling on nursing homes, which expect a new series of deaths. If families do not always respect the rules and the establishments suffer from a lack of staff, there is no question of re-confining residents to their rooms or stopping visits.

2. … but too rigid for traders

Bookstores and small businesses are protesting against their closure. Le Figaro

Commerce is booming. The closure of non-essential businesses continues to create controversy. After the rant of booksellers and publishers, the mayors also consider the situation of small businesses explosive. “For many, the situation was already difficult before the Covid but in such a depressed context, the slightest difficulty ends youOne of them warns. While local elected officials are pleading for an adjustment of the measures, the government is instead encouraging traders to adopt the “click and collect” and offers them help with digitization. In the same vein, many other initiatives have been launched, such as these Facebook groups which bring together residents of the same neighborhood and their favorite merchants. Or municipalities that offer local e-commerce platforms.

Publishers, beauticians and jewelers will not benefit from this Kafkaesque version of confinement, which nothing justifies except a Pavlovian hatred of mass distribution.

Bertille Bayart, journalist at Le Figaro.

These solutions did not avoid the situation “ubiquitous»Supermarkets forced to remove non-essential products from their shelves. “The government is trying to run two hares at once – justice and the health imperative – without convincing on either of these two objectives», Denounces our columnist Bertille Bayart. “It’s a mess“, Even got carried away Michel-Édouard Leclerc.

What we will probably observe is that the office will become a beautiful setting, a showroom, a showcase of the values ​​and messages that the company embodies!

Carlo Purassanta, President of Microsoft France

Telework lagging behind. The Minister of Labor may recall that telework is compulsory during confinement “if all tasks can be done remotely», Many employers are reluctant to put it in place again, as evidenced by the numerous testimonies collected by the editorial staff of Madame Figaro. They want us “cop»They denounce. What are recalcitrant companies at risk? Not much we must admit, as it would be difficult to prove the endangerment of the lives of employees. And yet, the social partners continue to negotiate an agreement on the supervision of teleworking with November 23 in sight to conclude. For his part, Carlo Purassanta, president of Microsoft France, assures us that “this crisis does not mark the end of office life», But the metamorphosis. “What we will probably observe, he considers, is that the office will become a beautiful setting, a showroom, a showcase of the values ​​and messages that the company embodies!Or a nightmare for some managers.

3. Reconfinement, instructions for use

A fine of 135 euros for the French who do not present a certificate. Jean-Christophe Marmara / Le Figaro

Entered into force on October 30, containment is ongoing until 1er December. It will be reassessed every fortnight, lightened or strengthened according to health data and probably renewed.

Unlike the first confinement, nurseries, schools, colleges and high schools are open, as well as the counters of public services. Teleworking is 100% compulsory wherever it is possible, but the construction sector, factories and farms are allowed to continue their activity. Shops selling essential products also remain open, as do parks and gardens, cemeteries and places of worship.

What is allowed:

  • Leave your home to accompany the children to school, to go to work, to a judicial summons, a medical appointment, a mission of general interest, to carry out essential shopping, for compelling family reasons, help for a precarious or fragile person, physical exercise within a radius of 1km and for 1 hour. Certificates must be presented for this under penalty of a fine of 135 euros.
  • Removals
  • The practice of professional sport
  • Visits to nursing homes

What is prohibited:

  • Gatherings between friends, family reunions with the exception of weddings (limited to 6 people) and funerals (limited to 30 people).
  • Travel between regions and travel to Europe, except for the reasons already listed. Borders outside the EU are still closed.

4. Reflexes to keep

A few simple actions can limit the spread of the virus. Here they are :

  • Wash your hands every hour or use hydroalcoholic gel
  • Cough or sneeze into the crease of your elbow
  • Use disposable tissues
  • Avoid kissing or shaking hands
  • Wear a mask in public spaces when respect for physical distances is not guaranteed.

Covid-19 is transmitted through droplets (respiratory secretions), by close contact with an infected person, especially when the latter coughs or sneezes. But it can also be transmitted through the air. The virus also remains viable for a few hours on different surfaces.

The disease manifests itself in several symptoms. In 9 out of 10 cases, this results in a fever below 39 ° C. According to the World Health Organization, this fever is most often accompanied by fatigue, signs of shortness of breath and a dry cough. Often a loss of smell and taste.

5. What to do in case of symptoms?

The most important thing is to get tested. According to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, you should, in case of symptoms, stay at home and contact your doctor who will order a test. While waiting for the result, you must isolate yourself, wear a mask and prepare a list of people you could have infected.

If the test is positive, the Primary Health Insurance Fund will contact people likely to be infected. You must then remain isolated for at least 8 days, taking care not to infect your loved ones. Watch your health. In case of fever, take paracetamol. Plan a follow-up remote consultation with your doctor if necessary. If you feel that you are having difficulty breathing, call 15.

If the test is negative, contact your doctor and follow his instructions.

See you next week.


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