At the back of the Roger-Bambuck gymnasium in Baillargues (Hérault), three white tents hide a handball cage, the nets of which have not trembled for more than two months. Chairs 2 meters apart and security gates invade the play area, which has become a gigantic waiting room for patients suspected of having Covid-19.
The first patient of the day, during this visit organized by the regional health agency Occitanie at the request of the Directorate General of Health, is called Hélène. Living in a neighboring village, this 50-something woman, for sore throat, contacted her general practitioner who referred her to this Covid center. “I’m not very worried but, Covid or not, I need to consult”, she explains, coming out of one of the three tents.
A few seconds earlier, the Dr Jean-Pierre Barral took a sample from him in order to carry out a PCR test. “It won’t hurt you.” But if done right, it must tear you away