Covid-19: Should all young people be screened to avoid a second wave?
In early August, infectious disease specialist Eric Caumes suggested "letting young people catch each other" to gain herd immunity. A strategy criticized by many specialists.
Currently, the coronavirus circulates mainly among young people. To stop the rebound in the epidemic and prevent a second wave, Professor Djillali Annane, head of the intensive care unit at Raymond-Poincaré hospital in Garches, suggests that screening tests be mandatory for young people aged 15 to 40.
In an interview with Le Parisien, Professor Djillali Annane, head of the intensive care unit at the Raymond-Poincaré hospital in Garches in Hauts-de-Seine, calls for all young people to undergo mandatory tests. the objective? Prevent the massive spread of the virus in this age group and the transmission of Covid-19 to older people and, therefore, at risk.
Covid-19: mandatory and free screening for young people
"We must find together a way that young people between 15 and 40 years old do not transmit the virus that circulates abundantly at home. For this, it is necessary to know their Covid status. My proposal: systematic, mandatory and free screening by PCR in this group of age. This must be done before the start of the school year, that is, before the resumption of high school, university, work. " suggests Professor Djillali Annane.
"We must prioritize this age category, with the challenge of having a great impact on stopping the transmission and circulation of the virus," he adds in FranceInfo. To achieve this massive projection, the professor suggests installing mobile tests at train stations, on beaches or in bars. He considers that footballers and YouTubers should also participate in spreading the message and convincing young people.
"We are close to the tipping point. We have two weeks to reverse the worrying curve before the situation gets out of control. The priority is to do everything possible to ensure that the virus active in children under 40 years does not spread." not in the senior age group. Otherwise, we will multiply the number of serious cases by ten times a hundred. "