Will 2023 mark the end of the Covid epidemic in France?

Severe cases are also on the decline. Only 300 people are admitted to hospital each day due to Covid, compared to more than 1,000 at the start of the month. Luc Nobout/IP3

DECRYPTION – Despite favorable conditions and a complete relaxation of barrier gestures, the virus continues to retreat.

On average, a pandemic lasts two to three years. This was the case with the Spanish flu at the beginning of the last century, but also with the Asian flus of the 1950s and 1960s. This again seems to be the case with Covid. While the weather conditions are rather favorable to the circulation of the virus and barrier gestures have been largely set aside, the epidemic continues to decline.

The number of daily cases fell below the symbolic bar of 5,000 (against more than 60,000 at the beginning of December). Unheard of since the end of October 2021 (i.e. before the Omicron variant exploded the contaminations). France, however, continues to actively test.“The drop in the number of cases is thus confirmed by that of the positivity rate, in other words the share of positive tests among the tests carried out.(around 6%, editor’s note)”, explains Isabelle Parent du Châtelet, head of the respiratory infections and vaccination unit at Public Health France (SpF).

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