Covid-19, what to know this week: return of the mask to school

The mask is now compulsory at school in 61 departments. Immunization of children aged 5 to 11 has started in the United States.


The epidemic recovery is confirmed in France while the hospital in crisis must face, in addition to Covid-19, the usual winter viruses. In Europe, the indicators are on the rise, going so far as to worry the chancellor on the departure, Angela Merkel. To counter the rebound of the epidemic, the French government must backpedal. At the start of the school year, the wearing a mask will again be compulsory in schools in 39 departments where students were able to remove it. As for the extension of the sanitary pass, it will be decided on Friday after a standoff with the Senate. Of United States, we focus on the vaccination of the little ones. Children aged 5 to 11 received their first doses of the vaccine there.

Good reading,

Camille Lestienne, journalist at Figaro

1. Rebound confirmed in France and Europe

The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed more than 5 million lives worldwide. It is in Europe that the increase in contamination is being felt. Flavio Lo Scalzo / REUTERS

Indicators on the rise in France …The epidemic resumption is confirmed“In France and begins to feel in the hospital, underlined last Friday the health agency Public Health France in its weekly update on the Covid-19. Could a fifth wave saturate hospitals? No, if we maintain the barrier gestures and “that we can vaccinate the elderly and at risk by 3 doses», Judges infectious disease specialist Anne-Claude Crémieux. The hospital, however, which is experiencing an old and systemic crisis, is in need of resources. Not to mention that in addition to Covid-19, the winter epidemics of influenza, bronchiolitis and gastroenteritis. “No catastrophism: the hospital will take in the winter epidemics”, reassures Pr Karim Tazarourte, president of the French Society of Emergency Medicine.

The figures to remember in France

  • 1096 patients in critical care (+5 since the day before)
  • 6764 hospitalized patients (+84 since the day before)
  • 10.050 new cases detected within 24 hours
  • 39 deaths in 24 hours in hospital (117,783 deaths since the start of the epidemic, including 90,890 in hospital)

Source: Public Health France as of November 3

… and in Europe. Last Monday, according to the AFP count, the global toll crossed the 5 million death mark caused by Covid-19. The WHO estimates, however, that by considering the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded. With disparities depending on the continent. It is in Europe that the increase in contamination is being felt. In Germany, outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel said “worry“Of the resurgence of the epidemic regretting that”two to three million Germans over 60 are still not vaccinated“. It is a “massive” pandemic of the unvaccinated, warned Minister of Health Jens Spahn. Outside of Europe, China fears a resurgence of the epidemic and calls on its population to store food. Beijing, which is preparing to host the Winter Olympics, on Saturday ordered the closure of part of its cinemas to eradicate an epidemic outbreak for the moment very limited. Three countries, on the other hand, have decided to reopen their borders: Australia to its vaccinated nationals, Thailand to vaccinated tourists from 60 countries deemed safe and Israel to vaccinated tourists and pilgrims.

2. Return of the mask but not of teleworking

The mask will become compulsory again from Monday in 39 departments which had abandoned it. Halfpoint /

School bag and mask for back to school. While the obligation to wear a mask in primary school had been lifted in 79 departments, government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced Wednesday his return to 39 of them as of next Monday. With this new change, students will now have to wear the mask in the 61 departments where the incidence rate has stabilized above 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In the Alpes-Maritimes, it is the wearing of the mask outdoors which has been renewed by prefectural decree for two weeks to the surprise of the mayor of Cannes David Lisnard. The latter denounces a “binding measure” and “unnecessary in terms of health“.

No return to forced teleworking. Faced with the epidemic rebound, an adaptation of the sanitary rules in the company is not “no news”According to the Minister of Labor Élisabeth Borne. Employers remain free to remind all their employees to work “on the site», Without compulsory teleworking.

The sanitary pass in pain. The mixed parity committee (CMP) meeting on Tuesday failed to reach an agreement between deputies and senators on the possibility of resorting to the pass until July 31. The deadline was deemed too long by the senators who brought it down to February 28. The text is therefore passed yesterday at the Palais Bourbon where the deputies have restored the initial date. It is again examined today in the Senate, before a final vote on Friday by the National Assembly, which will have the last word.

3. The vaccine from 5 years in the United States

In the United States, vaccination of young children began on November 2 at Hartford Hospital, Connecticut where a small group of six children received a first dose. JOSEPH PREZIOSO / AFP

A vaccine for 5-11 year olds. The United States has taken the plunge. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) officially recommended injections of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 on Tuesday, after approval late last week by the U.S. Agency for Disease Control. drugs (FDA). The first injections, with a dosage adapted to 10 micrograms per injection against 30 for the older groups, were given in the wake of the hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. According to a survey presented on Tuesday by the CDC and conducted in September of 1,000 parents, 57% said they would do “without a doubt” Where “probably” vaccinate their child.

The figures to remember in France

  • 51.3 million people received a first dose (76.4% of the population).
  • 50.1 million of French people have a complete vaccination schedule (74.6% of the population).

Source: Directorate General of Health as of November 2

4. The quote

How do you accomplish the work of death that could not take place? By putting words into what has not been possible.

Marie de Hennezel, psychologist

Toussaint. While the French, last weekend, flowered the graves of the missing, psychologist Marie de Hennezel called to remember those who died alone during the Covid crisis. “Many of “our dead” lived a nightmare of inhumanity before dying», She laments in a forum. And to recall the strict instructions applied in hospitals and nursing homes which deprived the dying of visits. How then to mourn when the last farewells could not be said? “By speaking to the absent person, by saying the words that we would have liked to say to him, the gestures that we would have liked to have had, while he was still visible, advises the psychologist. It is a question of addressing our “invisible ones” to put a little peace between them and us.

5. Calendar, pass and masks

Health pass. The health pass is required to go to places of culture and leisure accommodating more than 50 people (cinema, theater, concerts, festivals, etc.). The same goes for restaurants, bars, indoors and outdoors, in trains, buses and planes, retirement homes and medical establishments. Places of worship are not affected. It is compulsory to go to shopping centers of more than 20,000 m², if the department’s incidence rate is greater than 200. Since September 30, young people aged 12 to 17 are also subject to it. As a reminder, the health pass is not a vaccination certificate. For it to be valid, you must either be fully vaccinated for a week, or present a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 72 hours or proof of cure (a positive test) of more than 11 days and less than 6 month. It is in the form of a QR code stored in the TousAntiCovid application or in paper format.

Wearing a mask is always compulsory in enclosed spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible (markets, queues, station platforms, etc.). Some municipalities have this summer reimposed the mask outdoors in some very busy places. In cultural places where the health pass is required, it is not compulsory unless the manager of the establishment or the prefect decides otherwise. Since October 4, it is no longer compulsory for children in primary schools located in departments where the incidence rate is below the alert threshold (50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants).

A certificate to travel. Since July 1, Europeans can travel more easily within the continent thanks to certified evidence of vaccination or negative tests brought together in a single document. In digital or paper format. Please note, however, that each country can continue to apply specific rules.

6. Reflexes to keep

The virus is transmitted by droplets and aerosols. The barrier gestures detailed by the Ministry of Health must be observed to protect themselves and others:

  • Wash your hands regularly or use hydroalcoholic gel
  • Cough or sneeze into the crease of your elbow
  • Use disposable tissues
  • Wear a mask in public areas when the distance of two meters cannot be respected
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Air the rooms as often as possible, at least a few minutes every hour
  • Greet without shaking hands and stop hugging

7. What to do in case of symptoms?

The disease manifests itself with several symptoms, most often cough and fever.

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 prescribe 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, isolation should last 10 days from the first symptoms.

See you next week.


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