a screening center dedicated to children

INTERVIEW – The pediatrician Amélie Dupont created this specialized center to reassure both children and parents about the nasopharyngeal sample.

To carry out the nasopharyngeal swab, the swab does not pose any difficulty from 1 year.
To carry out the nasopharyngeal swab, the swab does not pose any difficulty from 1 year. TT NEWS AGENCY/via REUTERS

Pediatrician and Emergency Advisor, the Dr Amélie Dupont has created a pediatric Covid screening center, reserved for children under 15.

LE FIGARO. – Why did you create this Covid screening center specially dedicated to children?

Dr Amélie DUPONT. – We found that in cities, families had difficulty getting children under 10 tested. Many laboratories refused to take the sample because it takes more time with the little ones; we’re planning 20-minute slots here. This was not a problem in the spring because all the Covid suspects were referred to the pediatric emergency room where we took the samples. But during the summer we had feedback from our staff, who needed to do PCR tests, for example, to fly. And the start of the school year approached with the recommendation to screen all children with symptoms, which conditioned their return to school.

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A total of 9,431 cases of positive Covid-19 have been ascertained in Sardinia since the beginning of the emergency. In the latest update of the Regional Crisis Unit, 325 new cases are recorded, 220 detected through screening activities and 105 from suspected diagnosis. There are also 13 victims (there are 227 in all), the highest figure recorded so far in the island. In total, 267,615 swabs were performed with an increase of 3,323 tests. 349 patients are currently hospitalized in non-intensive wards (26 more than yesterday’s figure), while the number of patients in intensive care is 39 (-1).

There are 5,667 people in home isolation. The progressive number of positive cases includes 3,099 (+68) patients recovered, plus another 50 clinically recovered.

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