There are some thought provoking issues being raised regarding the long term effects of the virus. Whilst the threat is deemed by government departments to be reduced to the point that precautions have been relaxed there are still a lot of unanswered questions - and indeed counter theories as to where the virus came from, what it has done to society and what it may mean in the future.
CLE views are mute at this point, but take a look at some interesting views from some very significant people in the medical world. What's your view ??
I am writing about current health problems in the area:
There have been several articles in the Nouvelle République in the last week or so, mentioning the fact that there is a huge epidemic of children's cases of "bronchiolite", which I think translates as bronchitis. In an article dated the 2nd December it says that the epidemic is much worse than has occurred over the last ten years. According to the article (as translated by Deep L):
"During a press briefing organized this Friday morning, December 2, Santé publique France (SPF) warns about a particularly worrying situation less than a month before Christmas.
According to the public institution, the simultaneous circulation of Covid, bronchiolitis and influenza is causing "an unprecedented situation" in France. "The viral circulation is intensifying," observes Didier Che, deputy director of infectious diseases.
For several days, the acceleration of the circulation of SARS-CoV-2, responsible for Covid-19, has been confirmed. Healthcare visits for suspected Covid-19 increased by 7% during the week of November 21-27 compared to the previous week. Over the same period, emergency room visits rose to 3,734 (+23%) and involved all age groups, SPF notes."
According to the same newspaper, on 22/11/2022, paediatric emergency services in Poitiers CHU were at full capacity.
Taking a cue from the CNN article, posted by Dave, I can say that several friends in France have developed chronic problems after reinfection with SARS2 /Covid 19. One friend has cataracts which appeared suddenly. She was told by the specialist in Poitiers recently that there is "an epidemic" of cataracts at the moment, and of auditory problems. Two of my friends have long-term ENT and respiratory problems. One, a former nurse, was at various times, bleeding from the lungs and throat.
Conversely, another friend, who said she did not believe in the virus or wearing masks, went to Germany, her own country, on holiday, saying "And I do not care if I die next week!" She died two weeks later, suffering a blood clot to the heart as she got home to France (in August this year).
I agree with Barry, as well, in that I, too, only see friends at home in the garden, and not the house (and I wear a respirator.) This is the most infectious virus known to man. Sometimes surgical masks, which were used by hospital staff to prevent their own germs from spreading to patients, are confused with a respirator, which protects the wearer from germs in the air. A respirator is the best protection.
Having to be in the UK for a long period for personal reasons and visiting various health departments, Sue and I continue to wear our masks when away from home. We are also forced to not allow visitors to the house, unless it’s at a distance in the garden. Back to the Covid ways of life, but only seeing a very few others doing the same. Hospital staff and public , unless in an enclosed office, walking freely along corridors and in cafeterias with not a mask in sight. Complacency after only suffering mild symptoms when testing positive could be a reason along with many others, but in the months and years to come we may or may not learn of any long term problems that many are fearful of now. An interesting subject for debate and let’s hope our members do so, but with a mind to accept that this is a friendly debate and not one to be used vitriolic like.