Covid: stop distancing in the Church, vaccine in pregnancy, new wave in

from Laura Della PasquaLaura Della Pasqua

1. Stoups and exchange of peace return to church

2. For newborns, the defense is the vaccine during pregnancy

3. Risk of a new wave in France for Christmas

1. Stoups and exchange of peace return to church

The stoups are filling up again and the exchange of the sign of peace, which has been suspended for two and a half years, is permitted. It will no longer be mandatory to ensure spacing between the faithful who participate in the celebrations.

Restrictions are also being relaxed in churches. With a letter sent to the Italian bishops, the presidency of the CEI illustrated the new provisions that close the state of emergency from Covid. However, some recommendations for the prevention of contagion remain valid: “It seems appropriate to continue sharing the following advice and suggestions – reads the letter from the Bishops’ Conference – It is important to remember that those with flu symptoms do not participate in the celebrations and who is subjected to isolation because they are positive for Covid; based on the specific circumstances and conditions of the places, theopportunity to recommend the use of the mask; the indication to sanitize hands at the entrance to places of worship is recommended”. Priests are also advised to “sanitize their hands before distributing Communion”, while “in the celebration of Baptisms, Confirmations, Ordinations and ‘Anointing of the Sick can be anointed without the aid of instruments”.

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2. For newborns, the defense is the vaccine during pregnancy

To protect newborns from infection, the defense is vaccination of the mother during pregnancy which could provide protection through transplacental transfer of antibodies. The recommendation comes from the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a major US public health watchdog.

A study by this institute shows that with Omicron the hospitalization rate of infants under 6 months is similar to that of the 65-74 age group. At the beginning of the spread of this variant, fewer newborns were infected than when other strains of the virus appeared. Scientists explained that pregnant women were probably not covered by the new variants despite having had the vaccine. Children therefore, not having received the updated antibodies via the placenta, were more exposed to the infection.

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3. Risk of a new wave in France for Christmas

Christmas at the risk of a new wave, the ninth, of Covid, for the French. According to data from Santé Publique France, in the space of a week there was an increase in infections of 46% and over 4,500 hospitalizations. The virologist Pascal Crepey, of the Ecole des hautes études de santé publique, said that “the reproduction rate of Covid, the now known Rt, has been higher than 1 for several days, this means that the incidence of the number of cases is increasing: we are all ‘beginning of a more or less exponential curve”. The French premier, Elizabeth Borne, launched a “solemn appeal” to respect the protective measures, urging the use of the mask “as soon as we are with vulnerable people or in crowded areas such as public transport”. Several experts believe that “a ninth wave is forming in France and more generally in EuropeSoutheast Asia and North America”.