how doctors, pharmacists and nurses organize themselves

Rapid coronavirus screening tests are multiplying in France, pushing the three professions to coordinate.

Pharmacists, nurses and doctors are authorized to perform these antigen tests.
Pharmacists, nurses and doctors are authorized to perform these antigen tests. Jean-Christophe Marmara / Le Figaro

Town hall square in Juvisy-sur-Orges in Essonne, the queue is always full. Under the tent installed since November 3, Hasna, the nurse brings in one by one the patients who are waiting outside. Fearing to have been infected with the coronavirus, all are patiently waiting to be tested. In less than half an hour, their doubts will be raised or confirmed.

It is in fact antigenic tests that Hasna and her colleague carry out under this temporary tent installed by the Île-de-France region in partnership with the Red Cross. Four others have been placed in different suburban stations. Faster than RT-PCR tests performed in the laboratory and whose results are known in 24 to 48 hours, antigenic tests, authorized by a arrested since October 16, deliver a verdict in about twenty minutes. They are also done by nasal sampling with a swab but are currently mainly intended for symptomatic people.

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