Lunchtime news Monday 23rd March 2020

Lunchtime news Monday 23rd March 2020

Two doctors die from coronavirus - Two doctors from Haut-Rhin and Moselle have died this weekend as a result of coronavirus.

In Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin), Jean-Marie Boegle, a 66-year-old obstetrician-gynecologist, died "as a result" of Covid-19, the doctor had been practicing « for 35 years ».

"He had contracted the virus from one of his patients during a consultation in his office," said the press release from the clinic.

"He was not feeling very well, and was at his country house for the weekend in Burgundy," “He was hospitalized first at the hospital in Beaune (Côte d'Or) eight days ago", then he was "transferred to the Dijon university hospital where he was intubated on Saturday" and where he later died.

In Moselle, Sylvain Welling, a 60-year-old general practitioner, died at Saint-Avold hospital where he had been admitted for "respiratory problems", said Gilbert Weber, mayor of the Moselle commune of L'Hôpital, where the doctor was practicing. He had been admitted on Thursday to the intensive care unit for COVID-19".

Three  doctors have now died from the coronavirus in France. 

28 year old man dies from coronavirus in Nice - 28-year-old man has died on Sunday from rapidly developing acute respiratory distress due to the coronavirus.

Recently operated on for a herniated disc, he was taking ibuprofen to relieve his pain.

Thierry Piche, doctor and president of the medical committee the CHU of Nice, has reminded "each and everyone that the prescription of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs - some of which are sold over the counter in town pharmacies - must be strictly framed by a medical prescription ".

The professor "invites all hospital and liberal doctors to limit the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and cortisone whatever their mode of administration (orally, ointment, nebulizers ...) due to a very real risk of worsening respiratory symptoms in patients with Covid19 ".

Mayor of Nice treated for coronavirus using chloroquine - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has declared live on French television this morning, that after testing positive for the Covid 19 he has been treated with chloroquine, adding that he is "doing well".

He said that he has complete confidence in the treatment and that today, Nice hospital will be using the treatment on Covid-19 patients. He hopes to make it available to GPs in Nice and concluded that "when you're at war, you can't wait six months".

The comments have sparked criticism from those against using the treatment, who say it is "giving false hope" 


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