GONZALO FUENTES / REUTERS
DecryptionThe government’s strategy to combat a resumption of the epidemic is based on monitoring “contact cases”. Authorities are planning an “information system” based on two medical databases: Sidep and Contact Covid.
While a long period of consolidation will begin on May 11, the authorities want to avoid a resumption of the Covid-19 epidemic, which has already killed more than 25,000 people in France. A key point in the government's strategy: the rapid identification of anyone who has been close to a patient, so that they can also take a test and, if necessary, isolate them so that they do not spread the disease disease. This is called “contact case” tracking (or “Contact tracing”).
The executive wishes, thanks to this monitoring, “Quickly identify 75% of those infected”, even when the latter do not show symptoms of Covid-19, according to a ministerial instruction dated May 6 that The world was able to consult. Article 6 of the bill extending the state of health emergency provides, for this, the establishment of a new ” information system “. Its operation is based on two specific medical databases: the Sidep and Contact Covid files, some of whose operating points have yet to be specified by application decrees, which will be published by May 11.
Sidep, to identify patients
The file Sidep – for “integrated screening and prevention service” – is a nominative database which will contain all the results of the PCR tests which will be carried out from 11 May. These tests make it possible to detect the genetic heritage of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in nasopharyngeal samples. These should be very numerous: the government hopes to achieve 700,000 per week.
This database will be completed by the laboratories and by any body authorized to carry out a Covid-19 test. Sidep It will also be used for overall surveillance of the epidemic by health authorities – but using anonymized data, as proposed in an amendment adopted by MEPs on May 6.
According to several documents sent to the laboratories by the Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP) – which will host the database -, the authorities also predict that this file abounds, in a “pseudonymized” manner, the Health Data Hub, the controversial medical data analytics platform.
But the main purpose of Sidep is to “Trigger the contact-tracing as quickly as possible “, still according to one of the AP-HP documents that we were able to consult.
Contact Covid, to identify contacts of patients
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