Coronavirus en Irlande : une “success story”
Written by Oliver Little on 21 avril 2020
Direction l’Irlande maintenant. Tandis que son pays voisin le Royaume-Uni compte désormais plus de 120 000 cas et un taux de mortalité de plus de 10%, en Irlande, c’est une autre histoire : 15 000 infectés et seulement 600 morts. On écoute Mark White, biologiste, agent immobilier et originaire d’Irlande.
“Our Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar is a doctor by training, and I guess this is helping him to provide leadership in that way. The government is making an effort to trace all of the contacts for people who are diagnosed, and they have been able to show a very material and substantial reduction in the number of contacts from north of five each, to down to around two. There has been a very high level of compliance, I think people understood and took it seriously. That behaviour, that acceptance of the need to protect ourselves and communities have been very important here. The early decisions made by the government and the public health services have been stellar and are to be commended.“
Et d’un point de vue scientifique, sans parler de causalité, on imagine un lien entre la présence du BCG et la résistance au coronavirus : “We are hearing quite a lot recently about a potential link between BCG vaccination and people who have some elevated level of resistance to Covid-19. BCG vaccinations were given to pretty much everyone in Ireland until about 2012 or 2013, and it would appear that that is having a potential impact.“
Une idée qui avait déjà mûri au Portugal, mais qui n’a pour le moment pas été prouvée.