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France #coronavirus Breton variant: “It worries us as it is more difficult to detect by nasopharyngeal swab and can therefore go unnoticed.”

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Will the measures announced be enough to curb the epidemic in France? We are already close to 100% saturation in intensive care. Whatever happens, we have two to three weeks before us before the measures taken have an effect on the intensive care admissions, during which the English variant will complete occupying the space.

Should we be afraid of the Breton mutant?  It worries us as it is more difficult to detect by nasopharyngeal swab and can therefore go unnoticed. This makes the detection and isolation of patients difficult. Investigations are in progress by sequencing and by serology to estimate the extent of its diffusion. But it is too early to determine the magnitude and severity associated with it.

Interview with Epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet, member of the French scientific council, in Le Journal de Dimanche

 

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