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Health. Coronavirus: Didier Raoult no longer responds


Martin Hirsch, director of the Paris hospitals. Archive photo FRANCOIS LAFITE / MAXPPP

He hardly speaks any more, but he continues to talk about him. Professor Didier Raoult filed a complaint with the Paris prosecutor’s office on Thursday for “slanderous denunciation” against the director of Paris hospitals (AP-HP), Martin Hirsch. The latter accused him of “false testimony” after Didier Raoult affirmed that the mortality in the intensive care units of the AP-HP was “43%”, against 16% in Marseille.

A complaint filed discreetly

In the “old world”, the professor might have warned the press of his intention to press charges. It wouldn’t have been absurd to see him crack a tweet before taking action.

Because it was impossible, a few weeks ago, to miss out on his media releases. Between May 14 and June 23, the cameras of BFMTV, LCI, France 3 PACA, i24 News paraded in the office of the boss of the Institut Méditerranée Infection in Marseille. At the same time, he complied with the exercise of interviewing for Sud Radio, Radio Classique, La Provence, and even Le Parisien.

But since June 25, and a face-to-face meeting under high tension with Jean-Jacques Bourdin on RMC-BFMTV where he had threatened to leave, Professor Didier Raoult has not reappeared on the air.

Less present on the web

From omnipresence to near absence. The observation is also valid on the web, where Professor Raoult’s activity suddenly declined. It held what can be compared to a weekly column, published on the IHU Méditerranée Infection website. The last episode embodied by the infectious disease specialist dates back to July 7.

On Twitter, publications on his official account became scarce. Since the creation of his certified profile in March, he has published content almost daily: 20 tweets in March, 42 in April, 35 in May, 30 in June… For only 10 tweets in July (including only 3 since 23).

The silence before … A second wave?

Professor Raoult’s silence is all the more appealing as the infectious disease specialist, usually so committed to his positions, has material to react to the news.

On Tuesday July 28, the European Commission decided to bet on a treatment other than hydroxychloroquine, of which it is the promoter, by ordering 63 million euros of remdesivir to treat patients suffering from the coronavirus. Professor Didier Raoult denounced this treatment on his Twitter account at the beginning of the month.

Also Tuesday July 28, the regional health agency of Paca reported an upsurge in Covid-19 cases in the region (+244 positive tests between July 7 and July 15, +247 between July 16 and 21, + 421 between 22 and 28), which raises the question of a possible second wave.

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