increase in the number of positive cases among young people in Corsica

Since July 1, 73 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded on the island. At the ARS, these figures are worrying: ” We are seeing an increase in the number of cases »Indicates Doctor Anne-Marie McKenzie, medical inspector at the ARS. ” Obviously, this is partly due to the number of screenings »She tempers. However, how to determine the part due to the intensification of tests, and that of the real increase in the number of cases? ” It’s very difficult », Concedes the doctor.

« The Bastia campaign ends today and next week it will be Propriano and Sartene’s turn. In Ajaccio and Porto-Vecchio, out of 306 and 239 screenings we did not have any positive cases. “. If the results of recent campaigns were intended to be rather reassuring, Anne-Marie McKenzie analyzes them in a more nuanced way: “ The population that has been screened is a resident population, rather elderly, who had been sensitized by the first wave. But what strikes us is the change in the profile of cases over the past 15 days ».

Indeed, as at the national level, the ARS notes an increase in cases among young people: “Over three days, 2/3 of new infections are under 30 years”. How to explain this shift? “There is a tourist frequentation of younger people on the island. And maybe young people respect barrier gestures less… In addition, they are more likely to attend places where there are gatherings, ”explains Dr. McKenzie.

“We can’t take shortcuts, but maybe the young people feel less concerned, given that it is the older populations who have been sensitized so far. ». That is why the ARS of Corsica now wants to turn particularly to this population. Car si « the consequences of the disease are much less, with fewer symptoms “, The question of transmission to the elderly arises:” they must realize that the danger can then be for their families »Warns the doctor.

For the time being, however, the situation is not considered worrying: “IWe must not dramatize, but we must anticipate. For the moment, we do not have clusters like on the continent, but we would like to continue to be preserved and avoid overflows »Concludes Doctor Anne-Marie McKenzie.


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