Diary of Epidemics
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Epidemic diary, by Christian Lehmanncase
Christian Lehmann is a doctor and writer. For “Libération”, he chronicles a society long affected by the coronavirus.
In the “World After” that we were promised at the start of the pandemic, this little “Survival Guide to Save Christmas 2023” would have had no reason to exist: a significant investment in community medicine and hospital, a massive effort to purify and improve air quality in enclosed spaces, sustained educational work on the usefulness of masks and ventilation, as well as on the effectiveness and limits of vaccination would allow us to approach the holiday period in relative serenity, on the sole condition of closing our eyes and listening to the international situation. But we are in another “World After”: one in which Emmanuel Macron has tired of his super-epidemiologist costume.
We are therefore entering this winter of 2023 in the worst possible conditions. The virus continues to circulate and mutate, with new variants partially escaping vaccines. The population has had enough of contradictory injunctions, barrier measures, injections. The seriousness of long covid and reinfections has been overlooked. The health system is in disarray, with caregivers desperate to always do more with less. The Ministry of Health continues to advocate individual measures such as hand washing without communicating on contamination by airborne aerosols which