Can we resume a normal life or should we be more vigilant in the face of the coronavirus epidemic? At a time when the second wave of Covid-19 is shaking Europe, health professionals are contradicting each other on the attitude to adopt.
End of the summer break. As of the start of the 2020 academic year, most European countries are recording an increase in the number of patients affected by Covid-19 and the word “second wave” is on everyone’s lips.
French doctors call for “whistling the end of recess”
As a direct consequence, among some health professionals, concerns are rising. In a column published on September 12 on the Journal Du Dimanche, a group of doctors calls on the French to limit private gatherings and to be more vigilant.
“It’s time to be careful in the private world. Contaminations take place during meetings of family or friends. We understand that after a tough week, you want to enjoy your loved ones on the weekends. Unfortunately, it is in these situations that you risk either contracting the virus or spreading it, ”warns general practitioner Jimmy Mohamed and five co-signatories.
For them, it is necessary to “whistle the end of recess.” Their recommendations: “Avoid, as much as possible, private gatherings. Reduce the number of people present in the private setting. If possible, postpone any meeting. Otherwise, wear a mask, just like at work. Without forgetting the distancing. “
… Others talk about crazy and disproportionate security measures
In a column broadcast on September 11 on FranceSoir and signed by a global union of health professionals, the opinion is radically different. For the sixty or so signatories, the measures taken to fight the Covid are “crazy and disproportionate”. The reason ? Covid-19 is neither more contagious nor more deadly than other viruses that have circulated previously (H2N2 in 1957, H3N2 in 1968, SARS-CoV in 2003, H5N1 in 2004, H1N1 in 2009, MERS-CoV in 2012, seasonal flu every year…). For these doctors, nothing justifies confining countries, blocking the global economy, paralyzing the education system, imposing social distancing or telling “healthy people to wear masks”.
The measures taken by the governments of the world to counter the virus would moreover do more harm than good and would entail a flood of catastrophic consequences: “suicide of anxious people (…) development of psychiatric pathologies, paralysis of the educational path of students and university students, negative impacts and dangers on animals, neglect of other diseases (especially chronic) and increased mortality, increase in domestic violence, economic losses, unemployment, major economic crisis (…), serious consequences on the agriculture, destabilization of countries and social peace and the risk of starting wars. “
While the measures taken to fight against the coronavirus differ from one country to another, do you think that the measures taken in France are sufficient to protect the population?