COVID-19 virus SARS-CoV-2

Epidemiological Development in France

Epidemiological development of COVID-19 in France throughout the epidemic between March 1st, 2020 and September 12, 2021. Notice the characteristic sharp European incidence peak around November 10, 2020, which is shared with a number of other European countries such as Spain, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Italy and Norway just to mention a few. Like the Italian profile, the French COVID-19 epidemiology during the second and third wave exhibit three characteristic peaks with time diminishing in magnitude. This strongly suggests the advance of global (herd) immunity build up within the French population.

During the first peak of the second wave on November 8, 2020 only 26% of the France's population (65,3 million) was exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, yet together with the implementation of strict social distancing measures, or perhaps because of localized population immune response, the COVID-19 incidence crashed within four weeks. The continuation of strict social distancing measures in France however, could not prevent the second peak run up in April/May 2021. It was then, when 76% of the French population had already been exposed to the COVID-19 pathogen and began mounting its natural immune response against it. Therefore the next peak of the third wave on August 15, 2021 was much lower than the two previous peaks. On August 15 already 96% of the French population began mounting their immune response increasing the nation's resilience against COVID-19.

Data: WHO weekly reported SARS-CoV-2 virus positive cases.