The Sars-Cov-2 runs-t-he in France since the end of the year 2019 ? Doctors in the île de france show, with testing conducted retrospectively.
The question was on many lips. The head of the intensive care unit of the Avicenne hospital, Bobigny and an internist of the hospital Jean Verdier in Bondy meet this Monday. Professor Yves Cohen and dr Jean-Ralph Zahar had indeed tested a posteriori of the patients admitted in the icu for pneumonia in December and January.
Hospitalized on December 27
And for at least one of them, the test Covid-19 on swabs and then stored and frozen proved to be positive, which is more two times. This diagnosis is further confirmed by a ct scan performed at the time of the hospitalization of a 53 year old man, at the end of the month of December.
Challenges respirators, blood streaked sputum, cough, the diagnosis was actually made, then, from pneumonia. Pushing further their investigation, doctors discovered that this inhabitant of the Seine-Saint-Denis, who had not traveled, had contaminated her two children.
However, the source of the contamination could be his wife, who worked right next to a stand of sushi is frequented by many people of asian origin. Nothing is certain yet, the genome of the patient, hospitalized on 27 December and is being reviewed to better understand the origin of the virus.
Of former patients doubt
One remembers that the first sick Covid-19 officially registered in France, had been the 24th of January, a young Bordeaux returned to China and a chinese tourist visiting Paris. The results of the study of doctors in parisian call into question the date of arrival of the coronavirus in France.
It comes as no surprise Michel, a fiftieth anniversary alsatian, who said that he was “very ill” from the 15th of January, between bouts of fever, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, body aches, and other symptoms, then put on the account of the influenza. But, also a symptom-specific Covid-19, which was not identified until weeks later, in the present case the loss of taste and to a lesser extent, of the sense of smell. “Given the date, I excluais to have suffered from the Covid-19, but I’m not 100% certain “.
On Monday morning, his doctor has confirmed his chances of having in fact suffered from Covid-19. Only serological tests that will allow him to raise this doubt.