Covid-19 – “For Christmas, with more than six at the table, we take a risk” warns Professor Caumes

Head of the infectious diseases department at Pitié Salpêtrière, Eric Caumes advised, this Friday morning, to avoid tables of more than 6 people for the end of year celebrations.

Invited to give his specialist opinion on the ideal gauge for holiday meals at the end of the year marked by the Covid-19 epidemic, Professor Eric Caumes, head of the infectious diseases department at Pitié Salpêtrière in Paris, indicated, this Friday morning on RMC, that it will of course be necessary to “avoid meeting with 40-50 guests.”

“Things may change within a month and that will depend on the figures for mid-December. At that point, these figures will better anticipate what the holiday season will be like.”

For Professor Caumes the gauge also depends on “the size of the apartment, the place where you are but around the table, with the figures of today’s epidemic, it will be necessary to avoid ‘be more than ten,’ he said at first.

But relaunched by Apolline de Malherbe, Professor Caumes clarified his thoughts:
– “And you, what are you going to do for Christmas, Professor?”, Asked the journalist then.
– “Probably there will be no more than two but at most, there will be six”.
– “Beyond six, do you think we’re taking a risk?”
– “Yes beyond six, there is a risk. We will have to be very careful as long as we do not have immunity acquired by vaccination or naturally”.

Vaccines: “We get carried away and rush a little quickly. As a doctor, not seeing the studies is a problem for me. I’m waiting to see the results to prescribe it with more enthusiasm” estimates Professor Eric Caumes#ApollineMorning pic.twitter.com/u6uzZUwmvv

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The government of Jean Castex said Thursday that it would clarify the recommendations concerning the end of year celebrations in the coming weeks. However, while holiday meals with the family are allowed, those with friends during the holidays are not recommended by the authorities for this period marked by a curfew.

“We’re getting carried away with the vaccine”

During this interview, Professor Caumes also spoke about the vaccine announced at the end of December by Emmanuel Macron. “We get carried away and we rush a little quickly. As a doctor, not seeing the studies is a problem for me. I’m waiting to see the results to prescribe it with more enthusiasm” he said. on RMC this Friday morning.

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