Wednesday March 25th
The Scientific Council has just issued a fourth opinion dated 23 March, but published on 24 at 6 pm (on the quiet) on the Ministry of Health’s website. For the first time, the council takes a clear position on the extension of containment by at least 4 weeks, bringing the total minimum duration to 6 weeks. This would bring us to April 28th. While recalling that it is still impossible to judge the impact of the measure after only one week of application. It is now down to the executive government to decide on the next steps. I suspect there will be another TV announcement from President Macron very soon.
This post will be updating during the day if new information is available
►Information: Exercising together with household members.
This is a question which has not been very clear since the beginning however the latest certificate of exemption has now an additional text which clearly indicates this is permitted.
☐Déplacements brefs, dans la limite d’une heure quotidienne et dans un rayon maximal d’un kilomètre autour du domicile, liés soit à l’activité physique individuelle des personnes, à l’exclusion de toute pratique sportive collective et de toute proximité avec d’autres personnes, soit à la promenade avec les seules personnes regroupées dans un même domicile, soit aux besoins des animaux de compagnie.
☐ Short journeys, within the limit of one hour per day and within a maximum radius of one kilometre around the home, related either to the individual physical activity of the persons, excluding any collective sports practice and any proximity with other persons, or to walk with only the persons grouped together in the same home, or to attends to the needs of pets.
Thank you Bryan for spotting that
►Information: Works, do-it-yourself, weeding, mowing…
For many of us, confinement pushes us to do things we used to put off until tomorrow, sometimes noisy and disturbing activities for the neighbourhood. In order to promote living together and the well-being of all, let us recall that in the department of Aude, noise pollution is regulated by the prefectoral decree # 2000-1681.
Gardening and do-it-yourself work is authorised: during the week from 8.30am to 7.30pm, Saturdays from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 7pm, Sundays and public holidays from 10am to 12pm and from 3pm to 6pm.
The public or private building sites are: authorized during the week from 6:30 am to 8 pm, prohibited on Sundays and public holidays.
Not only was I used to something harsher in Germany and also the fact that the rules were observed which is not necessarily the case here. Hence the fact that I did not know there was a rule.
►Information: Drive in
The following shop keepers in Les Halles are open. They will prepare your telephone order and bring it outside to the newly reserved parking places Place Eggenfelden in front of Les Halles. I am not too sure how it works in detail i:e (1)how do they know you have arrived by car, (2) how does the payment works? But I shall find out.
►Information: Home delivery
Do not forget that the following shops will deliver to your home thus allowing you not to go out. Of course I do not know which shop can speak some English so I could possibly help if you needed it.
►Information: Social media misinformation.
First there was the bizarre suggestion that it can be cured with cocaine. After the erroneous idea circulated widely on social media, the French government had to quickly issue a statement saying that it’s definitely pas vrai. Then came the claims that avoiding ice cream could help, prompting Unicef to issue a statement that this is also not true. Finally the – extremely dangerous and also false – idea emerged that it can be prevented by drinking bleach.
Though the coronavirus pandemic started just a few months ago, it has already spawned an abundance of online fables and urban legends about how to evade it. One suggests that drinking water can help to prevent the infection. Here’s why that’s extremely unlikely.
The original posts shared on social media say that we should make sure our mouths and throats are always moist, and drink water every 15 minutes. The logic is that this will help to wash the virus down the oesophagus, so it that it can be killed by our stomach acid.
“This is just so simplistic, I can’t even get my head around it,” says Kalpana Sabapathy, a clinical epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Sabapathy explains that infections often begin after we’ve been exposed to thousands or millions of viral particles, so sweeping a few down the oesophagus is unlikely to have much of an impact. “One gaping hole in it is the likelihood that you managed to flush all of them down into your stomach,” she says. “You would probably have already got them in your nostrils by then, for example – it’s not fool proof,” she says. And here lies another of the main flaws in the idea. Even if the virus hasn’t already managed to find its way inside the cells of your respiratory tract, it can also get into the body in other ways. While some people might become infected by touching their mouth with contaminated fingers, it can also enter the body by touching the nose or eyes.
►Information: Postal service ✉️ 📦
The national post office announced that they will reduce delivery services by:
- Having a 4 days week only this week
- Drop down to a 3 days week next week
Some local post offices are going to be closed as well. I guess a list for Carcassonne will be issued shortly. I shall search for it.
We are being asked when ordering online to restrain our purchases to essentials.
►Information: Official sites I use to obtain and/or verify information
- Government information page on Covid-19: (Link)
- Legifrance :Site where decrees and French law is kept up to date (Link) Translations of French laws are available in English & other languages on this site.
- Service Public (Link) This site is extremely useful in normal conditions for all the administrative procedures you might need.
- La region Occitanie (Link) Not always up to date but worth a look once in a while.
- Prefecture de l’Aude: (Link)
- Carcassonne Town: (Link)
►Information: Message from the town hall about rubbish
City officials are on the ground every day to ensure the cleanliness of streets and public spaces as a whole and find themselves confronted with too much bulky and green waste thrown on the street, without anyone having first notified the relevant department at the town hall.
These acts of incivility jeopardise the continuity of public service and the health of the
municipal agents present on the ground. Moreover, it is important not to add hygiene problems to this health crisis. The City therefore appeals to the responsibility of all, in order to adopt responsible action together by not making things more complicated to manage.
During the period of confinement, please keep your bulky and green waste at home to avoid any uncontrolled dumping on sidewalks, streets or public spaces. Indeed, in the midst of a health crisis, the City’s agents are devoting themselves to priority public service missions and emergency management. The removal of bulky items and green waste is not THE priority of the moment.
In accordance with the by-law in force concerning acts of incivility in the city, any unauthorised dumping will therefore be sanctioned.
► International Statistics: Top 10 countries according to the deaths count.
Tuesday 24th March
Monday 23rd March
► Percentage increase of deaths from one day to the other:
► Regional Statistics: Occitanie & Aude