Covid-19: Covars makes waves in its first opinion "medium intensity" but be careful for the future – franceinfo

Covid-19: Covars makes waves in its first opinion "medium intensity" but be careful for the future – franceinfo

The Omicron subvariant, BQ.1.1, grows in France and represents now 15% of viruses detected in France. However, the Health Risks Monitoring and Prediction Committee considers its “level of immune escape” to be “uncertain”.

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The health situation is under control, but must be monitored. It is discussed by the Committee for the Monitoring and Prediction of Health Risks (Covars). in his first review (PDF) from Thursday, October 20, released on Monday, the current epidemic wave of Covid-19 from“medium intensity”. Going forward, however, he remains cautious about potential new variants. “The resurgence of the pandemic in France and Europe affects the elderly (…) with dynamics that can be observed”, specified the successor of the scientific council, whose chairperson is immunologist Brigitte Autran.

Specifically, it is the rapid growth of the Omicron subvariant BQ.1.1, which was detected in France in mid-September. It now accounts for 15% of viruses detected in mainland France and almost half in Ile-de-France. Gold “BQ.1.1 immune leak level is uncertain”the Covars warn.

Be that as it may, the epidemic which has been observed in France, as well as in a part of Europe, “it does not appear to be due to the discovery of a new variant stricto sensu”, he believes, but rather on a set of other factors. Among other things, a decline in collective immunity and climatic conditions favorable for the spread of the virus.

According to the watchdog, “Analysis of the growth rates of various epidemiological indicators suggests that we could be very close to the peak of the epidemic”. But “These encouraging signals must be tempered” because of a “rapid growth of the BQ.1.1 variant on the territory of the state”.

Meanwhile, the epidemic wave that appeared in mid-September 2022 “has less direct impact on hospitals than previous waves”. But before winter sets in “Hospital capacities remain significantly reduced”the Covars warn.

Other winter infectious diseases such as flu, bronchiolitis or gastroenteritis can also affect the health system. Covars therefore recommend continuing the preventive and vaccination measures introduced in the fight against Covid.

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