The overwhelming guilt of having transmitted the Covid-19


PSYCHOLOGY – The grief of losing a loved one is sometimes grafted with the guilt of being at the origin. A combination whose effects are still poorly measured.

When Gildas Thomas plans to visit his parents at the end of October 2020, he hesitates. Should this choir director withdraw from the professional commitment that precedes his trip to Brittany? Give up seeing your parents? Or play and still stay with his 79-year-old father and 81-year-old mother? The one who, despite the health crisis, “Wants to live the present time” opts for the third solution, without neglecting to take a test before his concerts. And yet: «A few hours after my arrival in Brittany, I started to cough and have a headache, he recalls. My parents and I hadn’t kissed each other but had shared a meal without a mask. Once I tested positive, I decided it was best to go back to Paris. My father opposed it by invoking the obligation to confine himself. “

A few days later, the latter felt the first symptoms of Covid-19. His wife, already plagued by respiratory problems, also contracted

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