CORONAVIRUS FRANCE. The 8th wave is still circulating this fall in France. If a return to drastic measures is not currently planned, wearing a mask is again recommended where there are people, transport for example. The Covars has just issued its recommendations.
[Updated October 25, 2022 at 12:12 p.m.] The incidence rate is falling slightly in France, despite the 8th epidemic wave which continues. Among all the people tested, more than a quarter of them are positive (Public Health France). ' This is a new call for vigilance , wearing a mask when you are in a difficult situation or potentially exposed to the risk of contamination, to get tested. You must not let go ', insists Olivier Véran, spokesperson for the government at the end of the Council of Ministers of October 12. Brigitte Autran, president of the new Committee for monitoring and anticipating health risks (Covars), which replaced the Scientific Council, on FranceInfo also insists that ' We really need start wearing the mask again in transport '. She even assured that the committee was 'studying' the possibility of making it again mandatory in some spaces . ' All European countries, the United States and North America are also studying this point. Today, no one has reintroduced the obligation of the mask, but everyone is studying it', she says about RMC October 4. To date, the mask is compulsory in certain hospitals, laboratories or pharmacies. Bivalent vaccines, targeted to the variant Omicron , arrived on Monday, October 3 in pharmacies.
► Measures that persist or are in force:
The Covars issued its recommendations to deal with the 8th epidemic wave in France. Several physical means of prevention must be used in a joint and complementary way, he warns.
► Wearing a mask: wearing a mask in the community was associated with a 14% reduction in the risk of infection. It is therefore essential to consolidate in the population a culture of prevention and attention to the most vulnerable. In France, it is currently not mandatory but strongly recommended. At European level, Germany has made the port of the mandatory mask on public transport and is considering extending the list of places of obligation.
► Air quality control + renewal , in closed places, especially in schools. It is therefore advisable to ventilate regularly by opening the windows. Also, CO2 sensors must also be deployed without delay in all classrooms at school and university, as well as in meeting rooms, canteens, collective offices. Clear messages should be given to families about the need to ventilate rooms at home regularly.
► Screening. Maintain simple and easy access to PCR or antigen tests performed in pharmacies or laboratories
► Treat, especially with Paxlovid.
To date, wearing a mask is no longer compulsory in France, except in certain hospitals, laboratories or pharmacies. But to limit the spread of the 8th wave of Covid, wearing a mask is again encouraged in transport , insisted Brigitte Autran, president of the new Committee for monitoring and anticipating health risks (Covars) Friday, September 30 on franceinfo. ' It has to become some kind of civic gesture '. The compulsory mask in certain places is also 'under study', she said.
To date, wearing a mask is strongly recommended :
With the end of the state of health emergency in France on July 31, 2022, there was the end of the exceptional measures for the hospital. the health pass is no longer required at the entrance to hospitals. Wearing a mask either, in theory. Nevertheless, the AP-HP (Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris) indicates that 'due to the fragility of the people who are cared for, and given the high level of circulation of the virus, in hospitals, wearing a mask will remain compulsory inside hospital buildings (not in outdoor areas) for staff, patients and visitors.' Elsewhere than in Paris, the person in charge of the establishment or the medico-social service (hospitals, clinics, health centers, etc.) may make it compulsory to wear a protective mask, indicates the Public Service website. Find out before you go to the hospital.
Since the back to school 2022 , there is more protocol at school . The Ministry of Education established, in connection with the health authorities, a graduation including a pedestal of measures and three protocol levels (green, orange, red). It is the 'base' level that is currently in force: there is no no restrictions for students (no mask, no distance ...) and face-to-face course for all levels.
The second booster dose is open to:
The bivalent vaccines, targeted on the Omicron variant, arrived on Monday, October 3 in pharmacies.
For positive people with a complete and up-to-date vaccination schedule and for children under 12 years old : Isolation is for 7 (full) days from the date of onset of symptoms or date of positive test collection.
' We must continue to be tested when we have the impression of having symptoms or that we are in contact. Laboratories must be able to 'type' which virus is involved. Without it, we won't know if a nasty variant arises. There may be .”, recommended Brigitte Autran on October 4 on RMC. A person in contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19 must be notified by the positive case or by Health Insurance (by SMS or by telephone). there is more isolation instructions for contact cases and the test instructions are identical regardless of your vaccination status. The contact case must perform a drug test (RT-PCR or antigen test or self-test) 2 days after being notified by Health Insurance or by the positive person .
Since August 1, 2022, the border health control system has been lifted, in accordance with the law ending the exceptional regimes created to fight the epidemic linked to covid-19. Travelers don't have no more formalities to complete before their arrival in France, in mainland France and overseas, and presentation of the health pass can no longer be required, regardless of the country or zone of origin. Likewise, no more justification of the reason for a trip departing from France, in mainland France and overseas, no certificate of leaving the territory is required by the French authorities to go to another country.
Since August 1, 2022:
Covid-19: International travel, Ministry of the Interior.