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Prof. Piarroux: “The cases have been increasing for 15 weeks, we should have acted earlier”


Recognized specialist in the management of epidemics, Professor Piarroux, who publishes “The wave”, looks back on the covid crisis in France, and the latest announcements from the Elysee.

Professor Renaud Piarroux was among the very first to perceive, from the beginning of February, the dangerousness of the epidemic which was developing in China. Head of department at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris and researcher at the Pierre-Louis Institute of epidemiology and public health, this doctor is above all a recognized specialist in epidemic management. He intervened in particular in Haiti, where the spread of cholera was interrupted by the establishment of mobile teams responsible for going as close as possible to the population to test patients, help them to isolate themselves, trace their contacts and interrupt transmission chains. Any resemblance to the current situation is not fortuitous: since the start of the crisis, Renaud Piarroux has been fighting to develop this field epidemiology that our country is so lacking in the war against Covid. An experience that he recounts without make-up, with his hopes and his frustrations, in The wave, the epidemic seen from the field (1), which appears this Thursday, October 15 (CNRS editions).

L’Express: It was you who, on March 13, alerted the boss of Parisian hospitals, Martin Hirsch, of the arrival of the “wave”, this exponential increase in the number of patients hospitalized in intensive care for the Covid that we have known in the spring. What to expect now for the next few weeks?

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