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Covid-19: with the outbreak of cases, should we still test everything?

2022-01-13T19:04:58.733Z

DECRYPTION – The policy still in force of massive screening cost 6.7 billion euros last year, according to Medicare.



Queues in front of pharmacies and laboratories clutter the sidewalks, biologists are overwhelmed, parents of students are exasperated.

The number of tests carried out continues to swell: 1.7 million per day on average, and almost 12 million last week (including 67% antigens).

A record largely due to an increase among those under 16 (3.1 million tests), according to DREES.

“The test is an essential tool for controlling the epidemic

,” insists government spokesman Gabriel Attal.

But this massive screening policy has a cost: 6.7 billion euros for the 170 million tests carried out last year, according to Medicare.

Given the number of contaminations, should we therefore continue to screen at all costs?

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Doctors and scientists wonder, like Gérald Kierzek, medical director of Doctissimo, because

“the more we seek, the more we find, the more we panic”

.

According to him, it is necessary to get out

of “the daily epidemiological calculation”

.

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Source: lefigaro

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