It is more transmissible, it is a certainty. Is it less dangerous? We can hope so. And this is the whole challenge that Omicron poses to public authorities. Because to take action in the face of a phenomenon, you have to start by …the measure. However, it must be admitted, the last mutation of the virus is particularly elusive, even more disconcerting than the previous ones.
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Since the appearance of Covid-19 two years ago, governments have been used to navigating uncertain waters, at the mercy of waves, variants and scientific advances. They must arbitrate between epidemic, psychosocial, economic and political risks. These days, that task is even more complex. Omicron exacerbates all of these dilemmas. What should you fear the most? A new saturation of hospitals, in a system already exhausted? Or the embolism of the productive apparatus, due to the multiplication of work stoppages in companies? The worst would be if we have both, which is not completely excluded.
Other European countries have cautiously decreed a turn of the screw before Christmas, some going so far as to revert to travel restrictions. France did not make this choice. This has allowed many families to reunite this holiday season, but poses the threat of an outbreak of the epidemic in the coming weeks. With more than 700 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the incidence of Covid-19 has already reached its all-time high. Faced with this situation, and contrary to the hopes that it had raised, vaccination cannot constitute the only bulwark. However, even if it shows its limits, the vaccine remains undoubtedly the most effective weapon against severe forms of the disease, especially in the most fragile. It should therefore continue to be encouraged.