Coronavirus: mental health impacted, decreasing indicators, what you should retain from Olivier Véran’s press brief

Published by Alexandre G. · Published on 19 November 2020 at 19h33 · Updated on 19 November 2020 at 21h00
This Thursday November 19, 2020 at 6 p.m., Olivier Véran once again addressed the evolution of the coronavirus epidemic in France. No new measures, but growing worries as for the psychological impacts of the crisis on the French, and health indicators getting slightly better. He still calls for prudence.

This Thursday November 19, 2020 at 6 p.m., Olivier Véran addressed – as he has been doing every week – the health situation in the country and the evolution of the pandemic in the country. A brief that was held one week before the new lockdown assessment, planned by the "middle of next week" and addressed by Emmanuel Macron himself.

What measures did the Health minister announce? He first addressed what he calls "the hidden face of Covid-19": the psychological impacts of the health crisis on the French. "We call it angst, despair, stress, anxiety or depression, the impact is real. Our lives have been deeply altered" the Minister said. Therefore, he returned on the very difficult situation for students. "Life is on hold" he said before announcing a third of students are in "despair".

Moreover, the Health Minister addressed the health situation in hospitals. Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté regions are highly exposed to the virus. Health Director General Jérôme Salomon said the services were currently reporting "32,345 Covid patients in hospital, including 4,653 in ICU". A "slight improvement" in indicators, that does not prevent "the greatest care" he reminds.

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