The Minister of Health announced a local strengthening of health measures in Nice, where the epidemic situation is “particularly worrying”.
Visiting this Saturday in Nice, Olivier Véran announced a strengthening of the device in the Alpes-Maritimes to try to stem the progression of the epidemic. Nice has the highest incidence rate in France, with 750 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. “In other words, in Nice, 500 people a day fall ill with Covid“, Summarized the Minister of Health. Additional measures are under discussion at the prefecture and will be announced by the end of the weekend, assured Olivier Véran. Among the possible avenues: “An increase in the curfew, total or partial confinement in the department”. In the meantime, the Minister of Health has announced the deployment of massive screening in schools as soon as the winter holidays begin.
The city of Nice will also be allocated additional vaccine doses “So as to enhance the protection of vulnerable people”. This is 3,500 Pfizer doses available as of Monday, and thousands of AstraZeneca doses. In addition, police checks will be strengthened to enforce health measures.
The Minister of Health spoke with various health professionals in the city and visited a vaccination center. The local actors hoped for an acceleration of vaccination in the territory: “We are waiting for a truly massive vaccination to be able to curb this spread of the virus», Declared the president of the Alpes-Maritimes department, Charles-Ange Ginésy, to France Bleu.
Olivier Véran focused his visit on the management of “long Covid”, while the National Assembly called on the government to step up action against the prolonged forms of Covid-19. The Minister of Health went to the immunology department of l’Archet hospital where he will meet with a patient suffering from persistent symptoms of the disease.
During the visit to the Moulins health center, the caregivers alerted the minister about the psychological pathologies caused by the chronic forms of the coronavirus. They ask for a psychologist’s reinforcement and better reimbursement of care.
The High Authority for Health (HAS) presented its first conclusions on Tuesday, February 16, detailing the care of these patients, long powerless in the face of the lack of scientific literature on the subject. Overwhelming fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, trouble concentrating, loss of taste and smell … A “long Covid” is any person who, one month after the onset of the disease, continues to present one or more characteristic symptoms of the disease. This is the case for one in two patients after the first four weeks. After six months, 10% of patients are still affected.
The Haute Autorité de Santé recommends that doctors first check that the symptoms are not a sign of an initial complication of Covid-19 that went unnoticed, then to rule out any external factor that may be the cause of these symptoms. . Then, the project of a personalized rehabilitation around “Achievable goals” should be discussed between the patient and the attending physician, accompanied by a healthy lifestyle and daily physical activity, if necessary with the help of a physiotherapist.
In the absence of immediate treatment, the HAS invites doctors “To listen and empathize with patients” and to them “Reassure about the possibilities of support”. She advises in particular to direct patients to all sources of information and support (contact lists, associations) that can encourage them to invest in their rehabilitation.
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