Covid-19: “We are no longer in perpetual disaster, we can see the way out”, assures Karine Lacombe

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According to the infectiologist and head of the infectious and tropical diseases department at Saint-Antoine Hospital in Paris, France is entering a new phase of the Covid-19 epidemic.

“We see that we are moving towards ‘living with'”. Karine Lacombe, infectious disease specialist and head of the infectious and tropical diseases department at Saint-Antoine Hospital in Paris, was optimistic as a rebound in contamination has been observed in France in recent days. In an interview with The Conversation France taken over by the regional daily West France, she confides in particular: “We are passing a new course. We are finally no longer in the perpetual catastrophe: we see the exit door.”

The epidemic becomes “endemic”

If a 6th wave seems to be underway, with in particular 217,480 new ones detected on Tuesday according to Public Health France, for Karine Lacombe, France is entering a new phase of the epidemic. “It does indeed seem that the profile of the epidemic is changing: it is probably becoming endemic.” This situation would be due to a largely vaccinated or cured population.

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“No red indicator in the hospital”

The Covid and the Omicron BA.2 variant never went away and we could live with it. “Today, for the time being, the signals seem rather positive and despite the very high level of contamination, we have no indicator that is red in the hospital.”

“There are quite telling signs: (at the hospital) the Covid has entered a kind of routine”, affirms Karine Lacombe. “We no longer have a sector specifically dedicated to it (…) We is coming out of the Covid exceptionality, and that is extremely important.”

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