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Covid-19: for the Christmas holidays, Jean-François Delfraissy calls for "common sense"


"The parties can take place, but it is probably necessary to surround them" by limiting the number of guests, suggested the president of the Scientific Council during a hearing in the Senate.

The Christmas celebrations can take place in France, but they will have to be "


", health context requires.

During a hearing in the Senate, the President of the Scientific Council, Jean-François Delfraissy, indicated that his teams were preparing a new opinion relating to the end of the year period.

It will be entitled “

End of year celebrations, fifth wave, Omicron variant, how to reconcile health and societal issues

” and should be published in the coming days.

Read alsoCovid-19: can the Omicron variant escape vaccine immunity?

While the epidemic has reached new heights in recent days, the professor insisted on the importance of increasing the number of "

small measures

" to limit contamination, which may eventually clog the hospital system.

The risk is all the greater as the medical teams are at their wit's end, after nineteen months of crisis, and a certain number of them will want to take leave during the holidays: the room for maneuver in hospitals is limited. therefore more reduced.


The effort to be made on individual and collective protection measures is much more limited than what one could have asked for a year ago

", thanks to the vaccination, launched Jean-François Delfraissy. The French will therefore have to be "


" again, during the holidays, to limit the risks, he added: "

the parties can take place, but it is probably necessary to surround them

", by limiting the number of guests, by getting tested before Christmas, or by doing a self-test “

before going to lunch with the family

”. Elderly people present should also be vaccinated, the scientist suggested. "

All that is common sense

", judged the representative.


Very wide use of tests



We must have this very wide use of tests

", including for vaccinated people, who may be carriers of the virus, insisted the professor.

Last year, there was a real test run during the holiday season: this year, a similar movement could therefore be repeated.

Some politicians, including Jean-Luc Mélenchon, are also calling for a return to free testing for all to face the new wave.

A track rejected so far by the executive, which recalls that the vast majority of levies remain supported by Health Insurance.

At the cost of a certain number of individual and collective restrictive measures, perhaps a little more marked than they have been announced until now, of a personal effort of each of us, of an acceleration of the booster dose

”, the fifth wave can be contained, and the hospital protected, wanted to believe the professor.

The impact on the healthcare system would then be "

held, at the cost of, probably, the



" in certain regions.

Source: lefigaro

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