Coronavirus: when will we know containment exit has been successful?

Published by Charlene S. · Photos by My B. · Published on 11 May 2020 at 18h44 · Updated on 12 May 2020 at 13h14
Gradual containment exit has started this Monday May 11th in France, but we already have a question: when will we know deconfinement has been successful? Here are some possible answers brought by health specialists.

The time has come! France is exiting containment; stores are ready to resume. Hair salons, stores, fast-food restaurants… They all have fit their spaces to make sure barrier gestures are upheld and to keep on fighting against the coronavirus epidemic. French can go out again without having to fill in a certificate, but they have to change their daily habits, especially in the subway. Are those measures enough to make containment exit successful?

If confinement is lifted gradually, it is sure that the reopening of places and people coming and going will have to face the circulation of the virus. New infections are to be expected. But what should remain under control is the rate of these new contagions. But to know if deconfinement and the situation are still well taken care of, “we will not know before several weeks. We have 4 to 5 critical weeksGeorges-Pompidou European hospital ER unit head Philippe Juvin says on BFM TV.

And for an obvious reason: “you have up to 15 days of incubation and a good week to develop clinical signs until we notice severe forms” the Georges-Pompidou European hospital ER unit head explains, concluding that “we will know more by mid or late June”. We also should take into account that France has not reached herd immunity as the virus has only infected 5 to 10% of the population. Another reason for Philippe Juvin to says that “actually, we are going towards months of health preoccupation”. Facemasks remain indispensable, especially in public places. Asked about it on BFM and RMC this morning, Health Minister Olivier Véran said re-containment was not excluded if the contamination rate increases too sharply.


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