October 27, 2021

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Toulouse. The English variant, alpha, is very widespread

Variations. Not everyone knows this, but the name of the species was recently revised by the World Health Organization (WHO), inspired by the Greek language, “a dead language,” recalls Dr. Jean-Michel Manchui, CHU’s virologist. The English variant, renamed alpha, is also very widespread in the field where 88% of the strains are listed. Then comes South African (beta) varieties with 9%, Brazil (gamma) 0.5% and Indian (0.1%). “Six cases of the English variant were found in Villeneuve-sur-Lot and Agen,” says the virologist promoting the mass vaccine. “We do not know what tomorrow will bring, he continues. People need to understand that they are protecting themselves by vaccinating, but also protecting others. Me, if I had 11 or 12 year old children today, I would not hesitate to get them vaccinated.”

Infectious disease. “We still face severe forms of the virus, and it is difficult to comment on the season that can play a role in the fall of infectious diseases, as the vaccine has a strong impact,” explained CHU Alexa Depart, an epidemiologist. He notes in a recent issue of The Lancet, a leading scientific journal, that “asymptomatic forms have dropped by 91%. We have also found cases where a vaccine is not very effective in patients with Covid after the first injection.”

Intensive treatment. The condition of the intensive care unit of the CHU has also returned to “normal” operation. According to Dr. Bernard Georges, head of the Department of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation, “Patients’ ventilation during the crisis was thanks to close contacts with the city’s clinics, other Toulouse hospitals, Bourbon, Ranguel, Larry, and Oncopol.”

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