France / Coronavirus: the French Academy of Medicine recommends mass screening

The French Academy of Medicine recommends to the government a major screening campaign, once serological tests are available, one of the conditions required to prepare for an exit from confinement decreed to curb the epidemic of the new Coronavirus.

“It seems necessary to consider the value of the information that these tests can provide and the strategic weight of this information in the decision-making surrounding the exit from containment,” said the National Academy of Medicine in a press release released Monday by the media. of France.

For the Academy of Medicine, these tests can be performed in most medical analysis laboratories. But for now, these tests are still in the evaluation phase. However, she stresses that “the results of these sero-epidemiological surveys will make it possible to follow the development of seroprevalence in the regions throughout the deconfinement phase”.

In addition, this institution, which advises the government, also recommends that individual serological tests be used as a priority among people at high risk for severe form and among people practicing exposed professions.

The Academy of Medicine has recently contributed to the reflection currently underway in France on the best way to lift measures of social distancing, advocating a lifting of confinement by region, that is to say in regions which register a net decrease in the number of Covid-19 patients requiring hospitalization, with strict restrictions on travel and the maintenance of “social distancing” measures.

But for the government, the time has not yet come to discuss lifting the containment because the epidemic is still virulent and continues to cause hundreds of deaths every day.

According to the latest health authorities, the new coronavirus has killed 14,393 people since the start of the epidemic on March 1 in France.

This Monday evening, President Emmanuel Macron must address the French once again to confirm the continued containment as announced last week at the Elysee Palace.

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