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Coronavirus: Wednesday June 3 update on Covid-19 – Insurance for Pets

Today’s figures

Number of hospitalized people for Covid-19 infection is 13,514 people against 15.680 A week ago. The Directorate General of Health announces in a press release that 250 new admissions in the hospital were recorded in 24 hours against 271 seven days ago.

INTENSIVE CARE. 1,210 patients with severe form of Covid-19 are hospitalized in intensive care 43 fewer people than yesterday. 26 new cases serious were admitted in intensive care. 4 regions (Ile de France, Grand-Est, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Hauts-de-France) account for 74% of patients hospitalized in intensive care. In Overseas France (Guadeloupe, Guyana, Reunion, Martinique, Mayotte), there are 114 hospitalizations, whose 20 in intensive care.

29,021 people died in France since the start of the epidemic (18,671 people in hospitals and 10,350 in social and medico-social establishments). There are 85 additional deaths in 24 hours at the hospital according to figures from Public Health France.

The Ministry of Health wanted to recall the importance of blood donation while « blood supplies are now below the alert level and (everything) indicates that they will continue to decrease« . »The Ministry therefore calls on French women to mobilize without delay and to go to the EFS (French blood establishment) fixed sites or to mobile blood drives.« With the resumption of hospital procedures, the need for blood could increase.

– Today’s special info –

The prestigious magazine The Lancet takes some precautions with the study published in its pages and which constitutes the largest observational study to date on the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19. The latter was the subject of numerous criticisms which pushed the journal to publish an « expression of concern », a warning betraying the very doubts of The Lancet. However, the study has not yet been withdrawn from publication. In the meantime, an independent investigation (commissioned by the study authors) has been launched and will make it possible to analyze the data used in the research and held by the American company Surgisphere, (property of one of the authors of the article in the Lancet, Sapan Desai). If it highlights too many errors, then the article will have to be unpublished and this will be proof that the proofreading by a committee was not sufficient. Otherwise, the article will remain accessible. Whatever the outcome, the controversy is not about to end.


Dogs trained in France manage to smell the Covid-19

The Nosaïs Covid-19 project, which aims to find out whether dogs are able to detect the smell of SARS-CoV-2 in the human body, has produced its first results. « Dogs are actually able to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2, and not the virus itself, via catabolites (substance formed during catabolism, phase of degradation of compounds in the body, note) which result from the cellular action of the virus and which are excreted by sweat« explains to Sciences and Future Professor Grandjean, initiator of the project, professor at the National Veterinary School of Alfort (Enva) and head of the veterinary service of the Pompiers de Paris. « Today we do not know what is marked because our goal was to see as soon as possible whether or not there was a specific odor associated with the Covid-19 disease.« , adds the veterinarian. The most urgent phase having passed, sophisticated chemical analyzes should be launched from now on to know if one or more characteristic molecules are found in the sweat of an infected person. The first phase – also called proof of concept and proving the feasibility of the method – has been a real success. The average success rate has been 96% out of a total of 278 tests carried out so far. « It is statistically very above the values ​​that simple chance would have given and that provides us with the answer to our first question: yes, there is indeed a specific odor« , says Professor Grandjean. During the validation phase, the dogs no longer work on a comparison between positive and negative samples but they will work on several positive samples at the same time in particular in order to track down false positives and false negatives. L idea is to assess the sensitivity of dogs and therefore the test. For Pr Grandjean, « going from a few dogs to a few hundred trained dogs is not hard« . For animals experienced in this type of exercise, »just put one more smell in their nose« .

The Covid-19 pandemic has boosted telemedicine

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the development of telemedicine. Such a leap forward would have taken years to happen in normal times. The confinement of half of humanity and the fear of transmitting the SARS-CoV-2 virus has boosted medical consultations by video application and mobile phone. The most radical changes have concerned general medicine, where caregivers often had to deal with shortages of protective equipment themselves. « General medicine has seen significant changes in the way doctors and teams have treated patients during the epidemic. The speed with which these changes have been accomplished has been remarkable », confirms to AFP Martin Marshall, president of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the British organization of general practitioners. As the epidemic progressed, national rules were adapted or relaxed in many countries to allow the widespread use of remote consultations. In France, while teleconsultation, reimbursed by Social Security since the end of 2018, struggled to take off, the coronavirus epidemic gave it a huge boost: the weekly number of teleconsultations increased from 10,000 acts per week in early March to nearly one million in mid-May, after peaking at 1.1 million in the second week of April. And according to Health Insurance, the pace did not weaken after the end of confinement. However, many gestures can only continue to be accomplished in the physical presence of the patient.

In France

Didier Raoult has been brought to justice

According to Duck chained, a colleague of Professor Raoult reportedly brought it to justice in connection with the first studies carried out on the effect of hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19. Professor Raoult would not have received the proper agreement from patients treated with the drug. Always according to Duck chained, The Marseille prosecutor’s office requested the opinion of the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines (ANSM), which concluded that there was a lack of transparency. The College of Physicians has been seized.

Extending the « life expectancy » of the mask, or how caregivers have overcome the shortage

In a text published entirely on the site of Sciences and Future, Cédric Calvignac, sociologist (CERTOP-CNRS) explains that the caregivers had to « submit to a logic of savings and extensive restriction and, in so doing, to compel the prolonged wearing of protective equipment yet highly perishable« To be able to use their masks for longer, the caregivers had no other choice than to use makeshift techniques to decontaminate them and keep them at their best. of the epidemic are edifying. Already, « the overwhelming majority of caregivers were poorly protected and were protected for several weeks« , stresses Calvignac. So they »make the drawer bottoms and resuscitate stocks of expired masks« often dating from the H1N1 flu, »they replenish all over the place from all types of actors« even of their family, »they play on the conditions of removal, maintenance, recycling of masks« and »they make their own equipment and / or create new technical assemblies« . »These makeshift solutions spontaneously used by caregivers can surprise (or even worry), but they are not without intelligence and insight« , emphasizes the sociologist. »Moreover, the techniques spontaneously used by caregivers to recycle their equipment are not so foreign to those tested at this very moment.« in studies.

StopCovid tops downloads

The StopCovid smartphone contact tracking application topped downloads yesterday morning from Google and Apple application stores, according to specialized company AppAnnie. The company does not communicate figures on the number of downloads, but at the beginning of the morning, the secretary of state for digital Cédric O had indicated on France 2 that the number of downloads had reached 600,000. « It’s a very good start« , he had estimated.


More than 30,000 dead in Brazil

Brazil yesterday crossed the milestone of 30,000 coronavirus deaths but the strong progression of the disease in the country has not prevented Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo to initiate deconfinement. The country deplored an additional 1,262 deaths, the worst daily death toll since May 21 (1,188), the health ministry said. Brazil, a country of 212 million people, which represents more than half of the cases of coronavirus contamination and deaths in Latin America, recorded 555,383 confirmed cases of Covid-19, after an increase – also strong – of almost 29,000 contaminations in 24 hours. These figures, which the scientific community believes are grossly undervalued, place Brazil in 4th place in the world for the dead, behind the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy. The two most affected Brazilian states are Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. These two states, however, have started a process of deconfinement, which many experts have considered precipitous in view of the high rates of contamination.

Italy reopens its borders

After a month of cautious deconfinement, Italy is reopening its borders to European tourists today. The country wants to normalize the tourism sector as summer approaches and restore a faltering economy: Italy is facing the worst recession since the Second World War. « The country comes back to life« , summarized the Minister of Regional Affairs, Francesco Boccia, as international flights resume in Venice, Florence and Naples and accelerate in Rome and Milan. This day also marks the return of freedom of movement between the 20 regions, from north to south of the peninsula, a measure eagerly awaited by the Italians. The prohibitions on large gatherings, the obligation to wear a mask in enclosed spaces and on public transport remain, with countless different rules depending on the region Italy Italy deplores 33,500 Covid-19 deaths in three months.

AST with AFP


The right actions to protect yourself
Wash your hands very regularly with soap and water (at least 20 seconds) or failing this with hydro-alcoholic gel, each time you arrive at a new place.
Do not visit the elderly to avoid contamination, or people already suffering from another disease.
Stay at a distance of 1-1.50 meters during compulsory trips.
Do not shake hands or kiss for greeting.
Cough or sneeze into the inside of his elbow.

What to do in case of suspected infection?

The recommendations are thus formulated on the website of the Ministry of Solidarity and Health:
I have symptoms (cough, fever) that remind me of Covid-19: I stay at home, I avoid contact, I call a doctor before going to his office or I call the hotline number in my region. I can also benefit from a teleconsultation. If the symptoms worsen with breathing difficulties and signs of suffocation, I call the SAMU-Center 15.
For non-medical questions, call the Coronavirus toll-free number at 0 800 130 000 (free, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day).