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First cases of Omicron in France are exhibiting mild symptoms, November 2021–January 2022

A. Maisa 1, 2 G. Spaccaferri 2 L. Fournier 3, 2 J. Schaeffer 4, 2 J. Deniau 2 P. Rolland 2 B. Coignard 1, 2 A. Andrieu 5, 2 O. Broustal 2 S. Chene 2 S. Chent 2 E. Fougère 2 G. Gbaguidi 2 M. Hamidouche 6, 7, 2 A. Lamy 2 Q. Mano 2 B. Mastrovito 2 A. Mercier 2 G. Modenesi 2 G. Picard 8, 2 J. Prudhomme 2 F. Rapilly 2 A. Riondel 2 M. Rivière 2 B. Villegas Ramirez 2 A. Zhu-Soubise 2 M. Zurbaran 2 A. Amzert 2 L. Andreoletti 2 A. Bal 2 R. Beaurepere 2 S. Behillil 2 L. Belec 2 C. Bernard 2 L. Bocket 2 L. Bouri 2 T. Bourlet 2 C. Bressollette-Bodin 2 S. Brichler 2 C. Brugerolles 2 S. Cado 2 V. Calvez 2 N. Capron 2 S. Castelain 2 J. Castro-Alvarez 2 M.-L. Chaix 2 C. Charpentier 2 D. Che 2 C. Chillou 2 P. Colson 2, 9 P. Coudene 2 A. Crinquette 2 A. de Rougemont 2 H. Delagrèverie 2 C. Delamare 2 T. Denecker-Berardino 2 D. Descamps 2 M. Desroches 2 G. Destras 2 G. dos Santos 2 A. Ducancelle 2 S. Ducreux 2 T. Duret 2 V. Enouf 2 S. Fafi-Kremer 2 C. Felici 2 S. Fourati 2 P.-E. Fournier 2, 10 C. Gaudy 2 H. Germain 2 V. Giordanengo 2 O. Gorge 2 S. Haim-Boukobza 2 C. Henquell 2 A. Holstein 2 L. Houhamdi 2, 11 J. Izopet 2 V. Jacomo 2 A. Jacques 2 M.-C. Jaffar-Bandjee 2 M. Jimenez 2 L. Josset 2 S. Kemeny 2 M.-E. Lafon 2 A. Le Bars 2 G. Le Corguille 2 Q. Lepiller 2 A. Levasseur 2, 9 N. Leveque 2 B. Lina 2 C. Madelaine 2 C. Malabat 2 S. Marque-Juillet 2 T. Martin-Dunavit 2 P. Mavingui 2 A. Merens 2 I. Messak 2 L. Morand-Joubert 2 X. Naudot 2 P. Neybecker 2 J.-M. Pawlotsky 2 L. Pilorge 2 J.-C. Plantier 2 C. Poggi 2 M. Pretet 2 C. Ragot 2 H. Raoul 2 S. Rogez 2 A.-M. Roque-Afonso 2 B. Roquebert 2 D. Rousset 2, 12 F. Rozenberg 2 C. Sagot 2 S. Sahnoune 2 D. Salgado 2 O. Sand 2 C. Saudemont 2 E. Schvoerer 2 E. Simon-Loriere 2 R. Stephan 2 J. Sudour 2 V. Thibault 2 E. Tuaillon 2 A. Vabret 2 E. Vallee 2 S. van Der Werf 2 J. van Helden 2 L. Verdurme 2 A. Vignola 2 D. Wilkinson 2 Y. Yazdanpanah 2 
Abstract : Objectives We aimed to investigate the first Omicron cases detected in France in order to assess case characteristics and provide supporting information on the possible impact of this variant on the healthcare system. Methods A standardized questionnaire was used to collect information from confirmed and probable Omicron cases. Results Median age of 468 investigated cases was 35 years, 376 were symptomatic (89%); 64% were vaccinated with two doses and 7% had received three doses. Loss of smell and taste were reported by 8.3% and 9% of cases, respectively. Seven cases were hospitalized, three of those were unvaccinated (including two with reported precondition). No admissions to intensive care and no deaths were reported. Conclusions Our results confirm a mild clinical presentation among the first Omicron cases detected in France and highlight the importance for the national COVID-19 surveillance system to quickly detect and adapt to the emergence of a new variant.
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A. Maisa, G. Spaccaferri, L. Fournier, J. Schaeffer, J. Deniau, et al.. First cases of Omicron in France are exhibiting mild symptoms, November 2021–January 2022. Infectious Diseases Now, Elsevier, 2022, 52 (3), pp.160-164. ⟨10.1016/j.idnow.2022.02.003⟩. ⟨hal-03678985⟩

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