screening in the heart of neighborhoods

The Covid-19 epidemic has been located for several weeks on a “comb line that is difficult to interpret,” according to Professor Bruno Lina, director of the Respiratory Center for Respiratory Infections.

While the first results of the second flash study, which he led, show that 10% of Covid-19 cases are due to variants in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region (against 14% nationally) and that the vaccination campaign is slipping, it is more than ever necessary In order to respect all the obstruction measures that make it possible to save “time” and not neglect screening, the virologist from the civilian hospitals in Lyon reminded on the occasion of a visit to the screening center in La Duchère (Lyon 9th district) this Wednesday 3 February.

“There is no inevitability in being all positive in the same family”

“Since the opening in September, the Gerland Sports Center has made it possible to conduct more than 60,000 screening tests for Covid19”, but we also feel the need to reach certain target groups because someone passes the channels with information or they need to talk to a professional “, explained the mayor in Lyon Grégory Doucet (EELV).

This was the reason why two new screening centers were opened in Lyon 8. USA and in La Duchère for two series of sporadic tests (1).

The idea is to come and be tested here as a family, either with an antigen test for quick response if one is symptomatic or with an RT-PCR test. Professionals are also there to do pedagogy.

“If the isolation is done well, it is not inevitable to be all positive in the same family,” emphasizes Professor Frédéric Laurent, Head of HCL Sampling Centers.

300 per day in Gerland

About sixty people came to be tested at La Duchère on Tuesday. In Gerland, they are around 300 per day at the moment, a low average, which is especially explained by the availability in private laboratories. But in the event of a rebound, “we will always be there to meet strong demand,” notes Professor Laurent.

Between 18 and 24 January, 51,403 people were tested in the Rhône.

(1) Next views: February 9 and 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Espace 101, 101 Boulevard des Etats-Unis, Lyon 8; February 23 and 24, at 09.00 to 17.45, at Maison des Fêtes et des Familles, avenue Rosa-Parks 24, Lyon 9.