“Containment is undoubtedly interesting, but it is better to avoid putting it in place too early” because of its major psychological and economic impact, according to Professor Jean-Daniel Lelièvre, head of the infectious diseases department at Henri Hospital -Mondor and vaccine expert from the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS), on France Inter on January 18.
“We cannot avoid it,” added the professor, “whether it is regional or national”. According to him, this third confinement should take place at the end of the February vacation, in March.
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The question of variants
What worries Professor Lelièvre are the variants of the virus. “We didn’t expect to see them so quickly,” he says. For example, the British variant “poses a great public health problem because it is transmitted more. “
An opinion reinforced by that of Arnaud Fontanet, epidemiologist at the head of the scientific council, on the Grand Jury RTL, Le Figaro and LCI on January 17. According to him, the month of March should see a probable “surge” of the epidemic because of the arrival of the variants in France.