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do contaminations at work represent 15% of cases, as the Medef says?


An employee with a mask in an open-space, in March 2021. (DYLAN MEIFFRET / MAXPPP)

To cope with the third wave of Covid-19, Emmanuel Macron has asked companies in recent days to put themselves “to the maximum” teleworking. Jean Castex launched a similar appeal during his press conference on Thursday, March 18, claiming that 29% of contaminations took place at work.The Prime Minister has been misled, reacted on franceinfo Patrick Martin, deputy chairman of Medef, Tuesday 23 March.This is a misinterpretation of the Institut Pasteur study. Contamination at work is 15% in reality “.After verification, it is the Prime Minister who is telling the truth. The True from False cell explains to you.

In December 2020, the Institut Pasteur published its ComCor study on the sites of Covid-19 contamination. This publication claims that 29% of them actually take place at work. This figure was revised slightly downwards in March, when the ComCor study was updated, but it remains in the proportions given by the Prime Minister since we are now at 27%, in particular thanks to better respect for barrier gestures. . According to the study, work remains the second source of contamination outside the home, just behind family meals.

The figure of 15% put forward by Medef does exist. It is also found in the latest ComCor study from the Institut Pasteur, but it corresponds to a very specific category: contamination at work for which the source of transmission is identified. In other words: you know who infected you. Except that in more than half of the cases, according to the Pasteur Institute, people who test positive do not know precisely where they caught the virus. This 15% figure only takes into account part of Covid cases and does not fully reflect reality.

Not to mention that according to the Institut Pasteur, when you fall ill without knowing where you have been infected, the main suspect remains work, especially if you are in shared offices, or open spaces, and you participate in meetings. The study also alerts on the behavior of employees. If you have symptoms, you see your family and friends less, but almost one in two people still go to work.



Source site www.francetvinfo.fr

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