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Covid-19, Omicron, vaccines, resuscitation, tests: at a turning point in the epidemic, we have verified ten claims


THE VERIFICATION - Carried by a more contagious but less lethal variant, the fifth wave is a game-changer, although uncertainty remains. "Le Figaro" accompanies you on the ridge path between persistent concern and legitimate hope.

In recent weeks, the barometer of the epidemic has not ceased to oscillate, and the epidemiological debates that have become almost familiar have resumed with renewed vigor, creating a disturbing cacophony.

There was the amazement of the emergence of a new variant, Omicron, even more contagious than Delta, the surge in cases of contamination to a level not seen since March 2020, the long lines of French people rushing to get screening and vaccinating before the holidays, but the doubts concerning the vaccines which we realize are effective, without being miraculous.

And all this on top of the fatigue and weariness accumulated over the previous four waves.

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This winter gloom is however shaken by some signs of hope.

Admittedly, Sars-CoV-2 will not disappear, but it could well become an endemic virus with which we will be able to live without suspending human activities every four mornings, without counting the daily deaths by the hundreds and the daily contaminations by the thousands, without spend your time at the pharmacy wondering if you are sick, not to mention the Covid morning, noon and evening.

In this ambivalent climate, questions jostle and assertions follow one another, often contradictory.

Reassuring and enslaving, optimists and pessimists, majority and refractory, professors and politicians cross swords in an unintelligible hubbub.

Over the days,

Le Figaro

has verified dozens of statements in often trenchant tones.

Sliced, but often wrongly, because, complex, the Covid requires adopting a nuanced look.

With hindsight, the last two years prove it to us.

To keep a cool head, we offer you an anthology of ten “verifications” that have marked the news over the past ten days.

The Omicron wave, the last?

Realistic prediction or wishful thinking?

The Minister of Health,

Olivier Véran

, has several times hinted in recent days that with the multiplication of contaminations by Omicron and the increasingly extensive vaccination coverage, there is "

a possibility

" that the fifth wave is "

may -be the last

", because "

it is likely that we have all acquired some form of immunity



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After Delta and Omicron, here is “Deltacron”?

The discovery of a new variant, a mixture between Delta and Omicron, was announced last weekend by a Cypriot professor,

Professor Leondios Kostrikis


The information has inflamed websites and the press around the world, raising fears of a combination between the contagiousness of Omicron and the dangerousness of Delta.

But doubts have been raised by scientists around the world.

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Should we stop testing?

How about we just stop testing?!


The question, posed on January 3 by

Dr. Gérald Kierzek

, medical director of Doctissimo, had the effect of a small bomb on Twitter.

As contamination explodes, the suggestion is disconcerting.

In the midst of an epidemic with a benign variant, it can be seriously discussed!

“, insisted the emergency physician and health columnist, who believes that it is necessary to get out of the “

daily epidemiological calculation

” which feeds the “


” and generates “

a panic effect


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Covid-19: are the most vaccinated countries those where there are “the most cases”?

The most famous and controversial of “covidologists”,

Professor Didier Raoult

, claimed this week that vaccines “

have increased


the epidemic


The director of the IHU Infection Méditerranée wants proof that “

the most vaccinated countries

” would be those which would record “

the most cases currently


When 25% of the Covid cases of the pandemic in France occurred for less than a month, there were “

at the same time

”, 15 million vaccine injections, he argues.

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“Facilitating antibodies”:

can vaccines increase the risk of infection?

The Marseilles scientist, who also defends vaccines for vulnerable people because they are effective against severe forms, puts forward another theory to explain the fact that vaccines do not prevent infections, or even, according to him, could aggravate them.


Didier Raoult

to advance: “

There is

a scientific phenomenon which are the facilitating antibodies, that is to say that there are antibodies which facilitate the infection and that their effect is seen within three weeks. that follow infection


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Is fighting the pandemic with booster doses viable?

While the third doses of vaccine have become widespread and a fourth injection has been announced for the most vulnerable people in Denmark, the World Health Organization (WHO) displays its skepticism, shared by the Agency European Medicines Agency (EMA). “

A vaccination strategy based on repeated booster doses of the original vaccine composition is unlikely to be appropriate or sustainable

,” warned a WHO expert group.

Marco Cavaleri

, head of vaccine strategy at the EMA, even mentioned the risk, still hypothetical, of “

overloading the immune system of vaccinated people

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People in intensive care "essentially unvaccinated"?

The overrepresentation of unvaccinated individuals in critical care is regularly highlighted by the government.

Patients who are in sheave for the Delta variant are, for the most part, unvaccinated patients, and for those who are, they are immunocompromised ,”

Olivier Véran


the Senate this week.

When I go to the field […], in critical care services, what the President of the Republic said, I hear

it everywhere”, proclaimed Jean Castex in the Senate.

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Doesn't Omicron bring in sheaves?


This variant does not take anyone to intensive care

," said

Dr. Martin Blachier

, public health specialist, on Monday.

Omicron stays in the high realms and does not descend into the lungs

,” the media doctor continued.

Since the appearance of the Omicron variant and the fear of a more deadly wave due to its greater contagiousness, several clues have shown that this mutation was undoubtedly less dangerous.

But how much?

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In truth, are the under 40s more numerous than the over 80s?

Has the profile of patients with severe forms of Covid changed?


Philippe Juvin

stressed that the resuscitation now saw the arrival of different patients compared to the first hours of the epidemic.

At the beginning of the week, the head of emergencies at the Georges-Pompidou European Hospital said: “

There is a fact […] which is a bit new, which is that today in France, there is more intensive care patients who are under 40 years old than intensive care patients who are over 80 years old


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Are there fewer hospital and intensive care beds than at the start of Covid-19?

Faced with contamination records, the question of the solidity of the hospital is coming back to the fore.

Among the subjects regularly mentioned, the number of hospital and resuscitation beds concentrates criticism.

The opposition has been claiming for months that it has fallen since March 2020, which the government firmly denies.

We are not closing hospital beds, nor resuscitation beds!

We are reopening

, ”even assured the government spokesperson,

Gabriel Attal

, this week.

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Source: lefigaro

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