“There is no incompatibility between the measures of barriers are recommended for the control of the division of Sars-Cov-2 and the recommended actions in the plan heat wave “, writes the ministry of Health. On the ground, however, this is not so simple.
While France suffered its first episode of summer heat, with risks of a heat wave in Paris and Lyon, how to manage together two threats to the elderly, namely a pathology related to the heat and infection the Covid-19 ? The ministry of Solidarity and of Health intends to answer the question with a series of provisions listed in a sheet professional.
In the long-term care Facility, the plan heat wave requires the installation of at least one part is cooled, which are thus likely to gather the residents. It is already necessary, here, to differentiate the air-conditioners of the collective fans, “aimed at the brewing and/or cooling of the air,” whose use is “contraindicated when several people are present in this space, even carry the masks,” according to a note by the ministry of Health dated 21 may.
Room refreshed and isolation
For air-conditioning / heating collective, institutions must check the sealing between return air and fresh air ” to prevent the possible recirculation of the virus particles “, to use filters the most efficient possible health and to ensure their proper installation.
These places refreshed can be used to group the elderly, provided of course that the actions barriers are respected and that the residents do not show symptoms of the Covid-19. Any person potentially contaminated must be isolated. The department suggests that ” the care of patients Covid-19 air-conditioned rooms “. In fact, they are rare.
Therefore, it is generally the resident to refresh himself in the room in which he lives, using an air conditioner portable or fan. With there still precautions since the system must be stopped and its buttons disinfected prior to the entry of another person in the room, and may not be turned back on once the door is closed. What may seem simple is not for a senior suffering from a pathology such as a neurodegenerative disease.
An additional charge
On France Info, the health care team of a nursing home in the Val-de-Marne highlights the additional burden of these provisions and the lack of human resources. The heat in period of epidemic Covid multiplies indeed the precautions to be taken, and the difficulties.
Another example comes to us from the drug treatments. While it is the preferred treatment in case of symptoms of the coronavirus, paracetamol is conversely against-indicated in cases of heat stroke ” as ineffective and potentially harmful “, according to the ministry’s note.