Living through a pandemic
in the south of France
531 days in Carcassonne since
1st lockdown in March 2020
DAILY STATISTICS HERE
▫️ TEMPORARY NEWS DESK
I have managed to get in the hospital WIFI but is so slow that it is best to link my tablet to my phone‘s hot spot & 4G.
✏️ Daily update – National
On Wednesday 1 September, 17,621 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in 24 hours, according to figures from Santé publique France, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since the start of the epidemic to 6,783,329. The positivity rate, which measures the number of positive cases in relation to the number of people tested, stands at 2.8%.
The number of hospitalised patients has stabilised over the past week at between 11,000 and 11,200 people. On Wednesday, it was 11,119 patients, including some 2,300 in intensive care.
The intensive care units, which receive the most severe forms of Covid-19, are treating 2,294 patients. This figure has tended to increase very slowly over the past week (+55 in seven days), whereas it had increased more rapidly between 25 July and 25 August.
Hospital pressure remains high in three departments: Bouches-du-Rhône (945 people hospitalised), Martinique (789) and Guadeloupe (557).
85 people have died of Covid-19 in hospitals in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in this epidemic in France to 114,577.
Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign, 48,767,471 people have received at least one injection (72.3% of the total population), including 44,574,529 people with a complete vaccination schedule (66.1% of the population), according to the French Health Department.
France launched on Wednesday its booster vaccination campaign, known as the third dose, which concerns the oldest and most vulnerable people vaccinated six months ago or more.
✏️ Daily update – Regional
As every day, Santé Publique France communicated at the end of the afternoon the figures relating to the Covid-19 epidemic in the Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales.
In Aude, 96 Covid patients are hospitalised, 7 more than on Tuesday, including 15 in intensive care (-1). No deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours in the department, the death toll in the Aude being 394 since the beginning of the epidemic.
In the Pyrénées-Orientales, 109 Covid patients are hospitalised (-4), including 19 in intensive care (stable figure). Three deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 387 deaths since the beginning of the health crisis.
✏️ How appropriate
The JJ catheter is a thin, flexible tube (about 3mm in diameter) with ends that form a loop (hence the term double J) which allows the catheter to remain in place between the kidney and bladder. JJ catheters are inserted into the ureter, which is the channel through which urine flows from the kidney to the bladder.
✏️ No Horsing around
Ivermectin is an animal dewormer that is not approved for use in people with COVID. But when Julie Smith’s 51-year-old husband got so sick he had to be put into a medically-induced coma, she got a prescription from an Ohio doctor for the anti-parasite medication. When the hospital in West Chester Township, Ohio refused to administer the drug to Jeffrey Smith while he was seriously ill and on a ventilator, Julie filed a lawsuit.
On August 23, without stating his reasons, Butler County Judge J. Gregory Howard ordered the hospital to administer to Smith 30 milligrams of Ivermectin daily for 21 days. The FDA, the CDC, and the NIH have warned for months against using the drug to treat the coronavirus, saying its use can “cause serious harm.” (WaPo)
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▫️ FOOD & DRINKS
New month means a new list of seasonal fruits and vegetables
(in French as usual)
A go at religion for a change
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