The 8th wave of Covid is coming to the Catalan country. The incidence is 214 cases per 100,000 population on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. An increase of 35% per week.
Nothing alarming yet, but indicators confirm, as at national level, the rebound of Covid in the Pyrénées-Orientales. “Incidence returns to 214 cases per 100,000 population, this Tuesday, September 20”, confirms Hugues Aumaître, head of the department of infectious and tropical diseases at the hospital in Perpignan. “This remains well below Haute-Garonne, Ariège or Lozère, where the rebound is already 15 days. But this confirms the national trend. The incidence rate rises by 35% in one week. in the department. At the moment there is no consequence on hospitalizations. It remains to be seen whether we are attacking a wave or a wave? It is impossible to make the slightest prognostication”.
The BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants remain largely in the majority. “A variant of BA.175 also appears to be emerging, which would cause more severe cases. The instructions remain the same. We need to find barrier gestures and wearing masks, especially in situations where there is a high density of people”, adds Hugues Aumaître. “It is also essential to remind immunocompromised people and people over 60 to get vaccinated. We should not wait for those who were vaccinated six months ago. We also need people who have symptoms to consult their doctor as soon as possible. Today we have drugs that make it possible to avoid serious forms of Covid if they are detected very quickly”.
The flu is back
“Wearing a face mask and respecting the barrier gestures are all the more important since we have been facing serious forms of flu that require hospitalization for a month now,” the head of SMIT insists. “With wearing a mask and Covid for 2 years, we have seen a loss of immunity on the flu front. That’s why we have to be vigilant here as well. The vaccination campaign should start in mid-October.”
Finally, it should be noted that cases of monkeypox are on the decline in Pyrénées-Orientales.