Since mid-December 2019, the epidemic of coronavirus has increased everywhere in the world, so far as to take the character of a pandemic. The virus, which would likely have seen the light of day in a seafood market in Wuhan is becoming more widespread and causes a real psychosis on an international scale. Today, there are more than 166 470 cases of infections with the coronavirus in around 141 different countries. In Europe, the epidemiological situation is particularly worrisome with more than 2000 dead, including 127 identified in France. But it seems that the peak of contagion has not yet been reached because the minister of national education considers that in the absence of preventive measures, 50% of the French population could be infected by the coronavirus, as suggested in several media, including BFMTV, The World, Capital and Europe 1.
The whole world is concerned about the virulence of the more marked of the Covid-19. In Europe, on account 2291 deaths in total, 1809 in Italy, considered today as the second outbreak, after China. The balance sheet is increasing at an exponential rate, prompting officials to adopt more restrictive measures. Thus, France is now at “stage 3” of the epidemic and closes a number of places of gatherings, in order to halt its spread. But as mentioned by the president of the Republic during his address held on Thursday evening, “we are only at the beginning of this epidemic”. And for good reason, the minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, has estimated that 50% of French people could be contaminated by the Covid-19.
Sunday morning, the minister of national Education, was invited on the set of France Info, to discuss the evolution of the coronavirus in the country. Citing the forecasts of the scientists, Jean-Michel Blanquer has announced that the epidemic is likely to affect more than half of the French population. “As you know from the beginning, the strategy is not to prevent the virus passes, he knows that he will most likely by more than half of us,” revealed the minister before adding that the aim was to reduce the speed at which the Covid-19 was going to spread. People potentially contaminated, may not have serious forms of the disease but will be carriers of the virus.
“We consider, and here I am only repeating what the scientists say, that 50% to 70% of the population ultimately ends up being contaminated by the virus,” said Jean-Michel Blanquer before saying that “this is that which puts an end to the virus since it creates a form of immunity majority, and therefore the virus off by itself”.
Radical measures to curb the pandemic
The French prime minister Édouard Philippe has put in place several measures to ban to limit the spread of the virus in the country. A decree, published on the 15th of march in the The official Journalsaid all of the changes that will take place in France. All places which are not indispensable close, and this, until April 15. Thus, the cinemas, bars, discotheques, museums, sports facilities, sports halls as well as the businesses except food, pharmacy, bank, service stations or distribution of press will be closed. In addition, gatherings of more than 100 persons will be prohibited as they facilitate transmission of the coronavirus. Moreover, the institutions of school and higher education have closed their doors until march 29, 2020 and the examinations will be deferred. Edward Philip also appealed to the responsibility of the French, asking them to limit their movements to the minimum necessary. It has also asked businesses and governments to organize as much as possible “of telework to allow a greater number of stay at home”.
Recommendations to limit the spread the Covid-19
To avoid contacting the coronavirus, meet certain gestures seem to be necessary :
- Wash hands regularly and properly with soap and water or use of gel hydro-alcoholic
- Cough and sneeze into the bend of the elbow
- Do not tighten the hand to the other
- Avoid hugs
- Do not touch the face
- Avoid large gatherings of over 100 people
- Maintain a distance of at least 1 meter with the other
- Use a tissue only once and then discard it
Finally, if a person has flu-like symptoms, she may wear a mask to protect his entourage. In case of breathing difficulties, cough or fever, she should avoid going to the doctor, but should contact the SAMU at number 15.