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“Hospitalizations of children in conventional and intensive care services have exceeded the peaks of all previous waves,” warn the signatories of this text, who ask the Minister of Health to postpone the start of the school year.

In a column published by the JDD on December 26, 50 health professionals apostrophized the Minister of Health Olivier Véran to ask for “the postponement of the start of the school year on January 3” 2022, because of their concern about “the current level of viral circulation of the coronavirus among children and adolescents of school age ”.

“Hospitalizations of children in conventional and intensive care units have exceeded the peaks of all previous waves, with more than 800 children under 10 and 300 adolescents aged 10 to 19 hospitalized in six weeks, and these figures keep increasing “, highlight the signatories of the text, including Djillali Annane, head of the intensive care unit at Raymond-Poincaré hospital in Paris, who provided details on RT France, Professor Gilbert Deray, chief from the nephrology department of the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, or even Jérôme Marty, general practitioner and president of the Du Côté de la Science collective.

Distance education and new health protocol in schools

These caregivers say they expect “an unprecedented wave in the coming weeks of care for children with pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome (PIMS), as well as sequelae linked to the evolution, in some cases, of ‘a lasting form of the disease (“pediatric long covid”) “.

According to them, the start of the January 3, 2022, “high risk given its proximity to the New Year’s festivities”, must necessarily be postponed with “recourse to distance education until the return to thresholds of defined health indicators publicly”. They also demand “the development of a new sanitary protocol in schools, based on effective measures, triggered by epidemic indicators, known and anticipated”.

Asked on December 19 about a possible delay in the start of the school year, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, said: “School is essential for children. It’s the last thing to close […] This is not the preferred hypothesis, we would only do it as a last resort. ”

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