The 8th wave of Covid is coming to the Catalan country. The incidence rate is 214 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Up 35% in one week.
Nothing alarming yet, but the indicators confirm, as at the national level, a rebound of the Covid in the Pyrénées-Orientales. “The incidence rate goes back to 214 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, this Tuesday, September 20”, confirms Hugues Aumaître, head of the infectious and tropical diseases department at Perpignan hospital. “This remains well below Haute-Garonne, Ariège or Lozère, where the rebound has been there for 15 days. But this confirms the national trend. The incidence rate climbs by 35% in one week. in the department. For the moment, there is no consequence on hospitalizations. It remains to be seen whether we are attacking a wave or a ripple? Impossible to make the slightest prognosis”.
The BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants remain largely in the majority. “A BA.175 variant also seems to appear, which would cause more serious cases. The instructions remain the same. We must find barrier gestures and the wearing of masks, especially in situations where there is a high density of people”, adds Hugues Aumaître. “It is also essential to remind immunocompromised people and those over 60 to get vaccinated. We should not wait for those who were vaccinated six months ago. We also need people who have symptoms consult their doctor as soon as possible. Today we have drugs which make it possible to avoid serious forms of Covid if it is detected very quickly”.
The flu is back
“Wearing a mask and respecting barrier gestures are all the more essential since for a month now we have been confronted with serious forms of influenza which require hospitalizations”, insists the head of SMIT. “With the wearing of the mask and the Covid for 2 years, we have seen a loss of immunity on the flu front. Here too, we must therefore be vigilant. The vaccination campaign should begin in mid-October”.
Finally, it should be noted that the cases of monkeypox are in sharp decline in the Pyrénées-Orientales.