In Montpellier, three cases of coronavirus were confirmed by the Regional Health Agency this Saturday. For two of them, it is a couple in their thirties returning from a stay in Lombardy with their two children. The third is a 41-year-old man who recently stayed in another region of Italy, in Emilia-Romagna.
“I’m afraid of infecting my pregnant daughter”
All French nationals returning from these risk zones, including China, Singapore and Iran, must imperatively report to the health authorities.
So when a couple from Montpellier, back from Liguria, a region neighboring France and Lombardy, noticed similar flu symptoms, they were worried.
A few days after coming back from Liguria with my wife, a week ago, we see on the news a big epidemic of coronavirus in Italy. In the meantime, we have symptoms. Being asthmatic, we are used to bronchitis. But out of conscience, and having a daughter who is pregnant and therefore potentially fragile, we preferred to check.
But, when the couple, who prefers to remain anonymous, calls 15, the procedure that is put in place is not the one they expected.
We are told that we are placed in possible cases and that it was absolutely necessary to remain in confinement. This resulted in numerous calls from the CHU and doctors. In the meantime, we call our children to tell them to confine themselves too. The Samu was to come and see us to test us. Finally, we are told that everything is canceled, because at that time, Liguria was not considered a risk zone. Except that the same evening, we learn that in Liguria, there were confirmed cases. What if we really got it? That means we can finish everyone! In the meantime, no one has called us back.
Whereas they were left “in nature” relatively worryingly, and still showing symptoms, they think the minimum would have been to do the tests “in view of the prevailing psychosis”.
There is a panic effect, doctors confirm. The 15th receives many calls every day from people more anxious than sick.
Asked about this specific case, the communications director of the Montpellier University Hospital, Julie Durand, refused to answer, believing that the question was medical. “We have every confidence in the competence and expertise of our medical and paramedical teams who are mobilized on this situation, at the level of 15 or the infectiology service”, she said.
In France, the balance sheet for the epidemic has so far amounted to 73 cases since January, including 59 hospitalized, 12 cured and two people who died. This Saturday, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, recalled the recommendations to follow to stem the spread of the epidemic. “Everyone must participate in their protection and that of their loved ones. I ask the French not to shake hands”.
He also announced the ban on gatherings of more than 5,000 people in confined spaces and some others in open spaces, because of the epidemic.
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