Coronavirus: why France only tests severe cases

Test or not test? Faced with the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, the question becomes more and more of a dilemma. Is France able to test all patients who fear being infected with Covid-19? Certainly not. Hospital services will now even focus on the most serious cases, when, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, 1,784 people have already been infected and 33 have died. As for cases “Investigated”, that is to say the screenings carried out, they are no longer the subject of any official communication since March 7, as noted CheckNews. Only indicator: the daily points of the director general of health, Jérôme Salomon, according to which France realizes “More than 1,000 tests per day”.

Who is authorized to carry out screening tests?

Faced with the coronavirus, the doctrine set by the government and the health authorities evolves on a daily basis. Nevertheless, with regard to the management of suspicious cases

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Coronavirus from A to Z – Release

like animal

The World Health Organization (WHO) reminded him as early as January 12: “The data seem to clearly indicate that the outbreak is associated with exposures at a fish market in Wuhan” (see: Hubei). The hypothesis of a zoonosis, a disease transmitted by animals, is therefore preferred. February 7, the scientific journal Nature asks: “Has the pangolin spread the coronavirus to humans”? But nothing yet formally attests to this. Since there is nothing to certify that Sars-CoV-2, another name for Covid-19, very close to a virus detected in bats, comes from animals. The SARS coronavirus was transmitted from the civet to humans in China in 2002 and that of the Dromedary Sea to humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

as a balance sheet

As of Wednesday, almost two months after the virus appeared, 81,191 cases have been confirmed, including 78,064 in China. 39 countries have known or are experiencing cases. 2,728 people died, 30,310 were treated

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