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Health & Fit "At this rate, we will not hold on": four caregivers tell us about three weeks of the epidemic

11:45  06 april  2020
11:45  06 april  2020 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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"If it continues at this rate, some will not hold up". Between the fear of catching the virus, the extended hours and the degraded conditions of exercise, difficult to "hold", as said Dominique Gladin, emergency physician of Smur in Val-d'Oise who had told "the Obs » three of its interventions to help patients of the Covid-19 . Along with a radiology intern and a Breton liberal nurse queen of the "D system" to protect herself from the virus, he agreed to share with us the concerns that run through him every day, faced with this unprecedented crisis.

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Particularly exposed to the virus, caregivers have already paid a heavy price. On March 30, six hospital doctors died from Covid-19. They are an emergency doctor from Compiègne (Oise), an obstetrician-gynecologist, a hospital doctor and three general practitioners.

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While the lack of protection was repeatedly the object of controversy, everywhere, hospitals report infected staff. “We already have four people on our team who are not coming because they are sick. Others are starting to show signs, "worries Dominique Gladin. Sophie, an intern in the ninth year of radiology at the Orleans Hospital, also crosses her fingers so that none of her colleagues fall ill. "We already have a lot of guards, it might be difficult."

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More than 1,600 caregivers in Paris hospitals have been infected with the virus, according to an count from the Public Assistance Hospitals from Paris. The capital is not the only one concerned. In the Aube, 47 hospital carers have been contaminated, says the regional daily "L'Est Eclair". Over forty at Metz CHR, one fortnight at Perpignan hospital.

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Aware of the weight that rests on their staff, some hospitals have set up a psychological unit also accessible to patients, but also to caregivers, as at Rouen . In the meantime, perhaps, a shield: several studies are currently testing the possible protective effects of the tuberculosis vaccine to "limit" the symptoms of Covid-19. Health professionals would be "the first target to benefit from this approach", judge Camille Locht , who is finalizing the protocol for a clinical trial for France.

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