If we take a look at the reported numbers of infections and deaths caused by COVID in France these days, we can conclude that the pandemic is reaching terrible levels in Europe. For instance. yesterday, January 5, France reported over 330,000 infections, according to worldometer.info.
The Omicron variant is believed to cause most of the COVID infections today, considering that it spreads significantly faster than the other strains. But the good news is that Omicron doesn’t cause severe illness in most cases. The former FDA Commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, even considers the variant as being “a milder strain of COVID”.
But even if it’s true, the Omicron variant still causes the coronavirus to spread. And this should cause many of us to worry.
Some healthcare workers infected with COVID can return to work in France
There could be significant staffing shortages in France soon when it comes to the healthcare system. Under these circumstances, France will call back to work some of those healthcare members who tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to The Hill.
However, there are some conditions, according to the Associated Press, and as the health ministry from France reveals: in order to return to work, those who are tested positive need to manifest little to no symptoms at all. Also, the staffing shortages in precise areas have to be severe.
Here’s what Marc Leone has to say, the head of anesthesiology from a French hospital, as quoted by The Hill:
If the system becomes very strained and 50% of our staff are positive, the less symptomatic will come to work because the patients will still need to be cared for,
But we’re not in that situation yet.
Hopefully, the situation in France and Europe, in general, will improve. The ongoing COVID pandemic has to end sooner or later.