With a very detailed pandemic plan, the French authorities missed out on a key element of the disease: transmission by asymptomatic people.
“As I speak to you, there are no longer any sick people in circulation in France ”, affirmed the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, on February 25, 2020 at the microphone of RTL, five days after the end of the religious gathering of the Christian Open Door in Mulhouse, which accelerated the dissemination of the virus in the country. No calculation or lie during this announcement: the minister and his health experts are then convinced that the situation is under control, unlike what is happening in Italy where the epidemic is raging.
And yet, Sars-CoV-2 had already been circulating widely throughout the country since at least the end of January, and the first outbreaks would explode a few days later, especially in Haut-Rhin and Oise. Everyone knows the rest of the story: the exponential explosion in the number of patients, which doubles every 3-4 days, and the shock of the confinement of the whole country on March 17.
What has happened in the meantime? How do health authorities
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