The Covisan program aims to strictly isolate the Covid-19 patient, to break the chains of transmission. The project, piloted by the Public Assistance Hospitals of Paris, had borne fruit after the first confinement.
The Covisan concept
The Covisan protocol is an isolation experiment, implemented during the first confinement, last May. Its objective is to break the chains of contamination, even within a family. In practice, when a person is sick, they are isolated as much as possible. The Covisan team makes sure that the infected person does not go out, even to do their shopping. The challenge of this deconfinement mission, carried out in the Ile-de-France region until now, is of great magnitude, because it makes it possible to control the circulation of the coronavirus. Indeed, the protocol turned out to be rather effective: at the end of the first confinement, the contamination rate, i.e. the number of secondary people infected by a single person, was 0.6. He was 3 before. The aim of Covisan is to keep this reproduction rate below 1. One of the important steps is therefore to go up the chains of transmission, in order to identify the infectious focus and act quickly. In the capital, this project has taken on its full meaning, since if Ile-de-France residents go out, the number of cases will inevitably increase exponentially.
The interest of being extended to all of France
In practice, when the Covid-19 screening test is positive, the patient is isolated near hospitals or at home. If the habitat allows it, it should stay away from other members of its family. A minimum of 7 days isolation is then introduced. From the moment the symptoms appear and the patient tests positive, he must not go out, even to make essential purchases. The Covisan unit, in collaboration with associations, public or private partners, sets up the delivery of meal trays, free of charge for the isolated person.
To avoid a third containment and while waiting for a vaccine, the epidemic must be under control for the coming months. These actions can help. Covisan can become an important tool in the fight against the coronavirus, allowing a welcome and personalized advice for each patient. For Dr Renaud, the creator of Covisan, “We should encourage the opening of Covisan-type branches everywhere in France, where tests, contact tracing and personalized support would be carried out “.
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