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Covid-19 : In France, everything is done to make access to tests that are more complicated

Then that is expected in a few hours the list of serological tests Covid approved by the ministry of health and that of thousands of test kits are waiting to be used, it is more than time to make a point about the strategy and the objectives of the tests Covid of France. Both the PCR (virological, by picking the nose, to know if it was the Covid) and serological testing (by taking blood, to know a posteriori if one has developed antibodies).

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Despite the pronouncements of the government and the advice of the WHO to test as much as possible (" test, Test, test, test all suspected cases of Covid-19. You can't fight a fire blindfolded"), it appears that France is struggling to exceed a rate that would be according to the latest information of 50,000 tests per day. Far short of the 700,000-per-week advertised.

indeed, on 28 April, the prime minister spoke of the goal of 700,000 tests per week in the déconfinement. If this objective is taken up everywhere in the media, Edouard Philippe, in his speech on Thursday, may 7th, does the quote above and it is understandable : it is impossible that France is in capacity to carry about 700,000 tests per week currently.

Too few tests

Since the end of February, the hospital laboratories have performed in all nearly 630.000 tests, virological, and two-thirds of the laboratories of city, a little more of 203,000. This means that in a little more than two months, France has made between 830.000 and 920.000 tests virological.

As of the end of march, the health professionals alarmaient lack of equipment, and the orders are only beginning to arrive. As regards the samples, independent nurses and general practitioners are involved but the issue of the lack of personal skills in the laboratories can not be resolved quickly. And the students at the end of study, for these jobs, remain relegated to menial tasks in anticipation of the receipt of their degrees... in July !

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Lack of materials (swabs, reagents,...), lack of staff and lack of structure or poor organization ? More and more voices are being raised against the disruption of the system and the low solicitation of the private structures which are ready. It seems as if the small structures (including laboratories veterinarians) were better incorporated into the system, 50.000 additional tests could be performed per week. Mobilize this pool already ready should be the priority, but also free access to the tests...

It is what Germany, as the main producer of tests in Europe, where screening centres are much more accessible, each analysis laboratory having been allowed to test the population without restriction. As of April, the country turned, as a minimum, to more than 300,000 tests actually carried out per week. In early may, the test rate of the population in Germany was 33 per 1000 inhabitants compared with 12.7 per 1000 in France. The United Kingdom was running at 20.4 per 1000... and Italy, 37 per 1,000.

Too much stress

The impression which dominates in France is that it manages the shortage (a bit like the masks). Each individual should be able to do a test, virological or serological freely, without a prescription, including at its own expense. It is illogical, then the holding of the economic recovery and companies can be convicted if they do not ensure the safety of their employees, to prevent employers to offer testing to their employees. It is useless to give figures attained if everything is done to make access to tests that are more complicated and if one must necessarily be an order to take the test. The organization may well not be optimal until after the battle.

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Response to anonymous.
You have not yet understood. In this country only count the cheeses don't touch, I speak, of course, masks, tests ,drugs, vaccines ,the fight against global warming,etc....

Znarfy_Znarffle 21/05/2020 17:54

This is the country of the administration slow and inefficient and 35 hours per month...

Boxerrâleurle 21/05/2020 at 12:33 pm

A number of French which contribute as everyone except for CMU and AME for the foreign illegal immigrants do not have access to a general practitioner referrer, whether in rural areas or in small towns or even in the Île-de-France. Millions of French forgotten during this epidemic that cannot turn to their doctor or get a prescription to get tested. Forgotten by the minister, by the director-general of health and by the ARS. The State has an obligation of means for all, because health is the domain of the sovereign in France as much as the people affected by the medical deserts, or the pockets of medical deserts contribute without access to health care. Not a word of doctors and journalists on tv shows for 2 months !

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