"We have the impression that we cannot get out of it, that it is a vicious circle".
At the Delafontaine hospital in Saint-Denis (93), in a department where the incidence rate is one of the highest in France, the exhausted nursing staff see the wave of Covid patients rising inexorably.
With an average age of patients much lower than in the first wave: "They are younger, much younger", breathes Daniel Da Silva, head of the intensive care unit.
“The average age of critical patients in intensive care, with us, is 50 years.
In the department, we have three in their thirties, three fourteen, fifties, sixties ... The oldest patient is 72 or 74 years old.
It is 15 years less compared to the first wave ”, explains the doctor.
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Another difficulty compared to March 2020: the Covid affects more and more pregnant women.
Some end up in serious condition.
“We had to induce deliveries to save mothers at the expense of the baby.
And then they did not all survive, so that's what is very different compared to the first wave ”, testifies Mathilde Azzi, resuscitator at the hospital.