It’s official, a flu epidemic has settled in mainland France, with an early arrival compared to last year.
On this Wednesday, the health authorities formalized the arrival of a seasonal flu epidemic in metropolitan France. Brittany and Normandy in particular are affected, and in the regions of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Centre-Val de Loire, Grand Est, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France and of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the situation is “pre-endemic”.
Influenza epidemic: more than 50% more visits to the emergency room
Hospitals are starting to feel this epidemic, report our colleagues from France Bleu, with emergency room admissions for flu syndrome which have recently increased by 50%. Despite everything, specify the health authorities, only a reduced number of cases is alarming. We are therefore told that around twenty patients have been placed in intensive care and that three deaths are to be deplored.
An early arrival of the wave
Compared to last year, when the influenza epidemic peaked late, to say the least, being observed in early spring, the 2022 wave appears to be early. In addition to increased emergency room visits, last week also saw a 50% increase in doctor consultations.
The reminder to wear a mask in the presence of fragile people
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne relayed a call for vaccination, inviting the population to maintain barrier gestures and to wear a sanitary mask in the presence of fragile people or, more broadly, in overcrowded areas. A protection which is, in fact, not only effective against Covid-19 but also against other viruses such as the flu.