The recommendation is not surprising, but it is the first time that a specific duration is mentioned. The Covid-19 Scientific Council, made up of experts advising since March 10 Emmanuel Macron and Édouard Philippe on the management of the coronavirus epidemic, recommends extending the containment established in France to “ at least six weeks from its establishment “
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Because, the experts write in their fourth opinion, dated March 23 but put online the next day, if ” three weeks after the start of containment are (…) necessary to obtain a first estimate of its impact “, This duration is not sufficient to curb the epidemic, and above all to preserve the capacity to take charge of the health system.
So, they go on, ” an exit from containment “May be decided” on the basis of epidemiological indicators indicating in particular that the saturation of hospital services, and resuscitation services in particular, is controlled “
Reinforcement of containment
In its opinion, the Scientific Council also recommends ” two options to strengthen containment ” First of all: the hardening of measures ” applying them to the whole population ” Which would, for example, be to limit any possibility of ” leaving home Apart from vital activities. This reinforcement would notably involve the prohibition of work outside the home for ” non-essential activities “
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Second option: the strengthening of sanctions against those who do not respect the current rules, as well as local night curfews and ” supervision of food marketss “. Proposals followed by the government, since they correspond to those announced by Edouard Philippe, Monday, March 23, on TF1.
But beyond these proposals, experts also warn about ” the need for specific support measures for people in precarious situations or those who are homeless, as well as for people who are particularly susceptible to discrimination, such as Travelers “
Beyond the specific issue of containment, this 10-page document also refers to a number of other specific issues, to which experts are drawing the government’s attention. Among them, of course, are ” logistical difficulties in supplying personal protective equipment (PPE), medical devices or mechanical ventilation equipment », Including masks, missing in many establishments. This lack, write the scientists, is ” sources of concern and anger “
A toll-free number for “spiritual support”
” It seems essential to improve the visibility of professionals on this subject, while also insisting on the responsibility of all health actors », They insist. ” The Scientific Council considers it essential to ensure the supply of protective equipment for healthcare workers, primarily from the various medical and medico-social sectors », They continue.
Another point addressed by the authors of this opinion: the attention to be paid to ” the importance of the mental health of the population, in this unprecedented situation of long-term confinement ” They thus identify several populations at risk, among which ” carers and the elderly, vulnerable or isolated, people with disabilities “
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Finally, the Scientific Council supports the proposal, made by several cult leaders to set up a toll-free number to provide spiritual support to people who have lost loved ones or know a patient in great difficulty. ” This permanence would take the form of spiritual accompaniment and would benefit from listeners selected, proposed and supported by each of the cults, who are ready to make them available as soon as possible.. »Support is necessary, judge the members of the Scientific Council.