Has the 6 p.m. curfew had an impact on the circulation of the virus? Since its inception on January 16, 2020, its effectiveness has sparked much debate. For Yazdan Yazdanpanah, member of the Scientific Council, director of ANRS and head of the infectious diseases department at Bichat hospital: “the curfew has had an impact“.

In countries like the United Kingdom or Portugal, with much looser restrictions, with the variant their curves have exploded. With us, it was slowed down.”However, like part of the medical profession, the professor believes that we must go further.

This is probably not enough, in a number of areas, so there may be a need to go further. How far ? That’s the question, and there are different currents. You can’t say “we absolutely have to do this”, because nobody knows.

Close schools?

On the other hand, the professor thinks that a school closure is not necessary. “Personally, I think that school is important, that the children go there is extremely important. I am for people to be careful at school, at mealtimes or at the outing. Even if children do not transmit the virus more than adults, it is a place of transmission, but the role of the school is fundamental.

The dissent between scientists is a “wealth”

One year after the start of the epidemic in France, it is clear that the disagreements within the scientific community have not helped the population to see more clearly. However, for Yazdan Yazdanpanah these disagreements are not worrying, quite the contrary.

In medicine, we argue all the time to find the best solution to treat a patient. Now everyone sees our shouting games, but for us it’s something trivial and constructive. The current problem is those who come to do this on TV, because the message gets across badly.