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World Martin Hirsch fears a "second wave" of Covid "worse than the first"

14:10  23 october  2020
14:10  23 october  2020 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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The director general of Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP), Martin Hirsch, estimated Friday "possible" that the "second wave" of Covid-19 in France "is worse than the first", stressing that the situation was "formidable for all of us".

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“There has been the perception for a few months that either the second wave did not exist, or that it 'was a ripple. The situation is the opposite: it is possible that the second wave is worse than the first ", estimated on RTL the boss of the largest hospital and university center in Europe.

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“For now , we are only in an upward movement in many regions ”, which“ indeed makes things formidable ”, he added.

Asked about people infected with the coronavirus and admitted to intensive care in AP-HP hospitals, Martin Hirsch said their median age was 62 years.

“We have as sick a certain number of young people who have risk factors, the father contaminated by his child, the father of this father who received few visits, isolated himself, was careful but, all the same, his a fifty-year-old son came to see him… ”, enumerated the manager.

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Referring to an average of 30,000 cases per day, Martin Hirsch argued that "the reality is much higher, that is those that are detected ".

"There are a lot of positive, contaminating people who are in the street without knowing it and without anyone knowing it, probably three times more" than these 30,000 cases, he estimated.

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"The virus is formidable [...], we can prevent it from circulating but by being much more careful than what we do today", he insisted.

"The virus circulates faster than in spring"

Same pessimism for the epidemiologist of the Institut Pasteur Arnaud Fontanet, who even estimates, on BFMTV, that "the virus circulates faster than in spring":

"When we got out of confinement [in the spring], we had a controlled circulation of the virus, until June. Things started to escalate slowly during the summer, especially in August. Since then we have been on a steady pace. "

Arnaud Fontanet (epidemiologist):" The virus is circulating faster than in the spring "https://t.co/DAgspSnLww

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Asked about the possibility of a general reconfinement, Arnaud Fontanet estimated that "everything was on the table":

"A general reconfinement, I do not hope so, because we are doing everything to avoid it. Local, that's one of the options. "

Local reconfinement" is one of the options ", according to Pr Arnaud Fontanet https://t.co/4twwCXEN7x

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