Since the start of the pandemic, 220 million Covid-19 screening tests have been carried out in France. Often made by young testers. It’s hard to say how many there are or when they started settling there, but the reality remains: the test business can be very rewarding. That even becomes the new golden student job, eIt’s not just for young people with medical training. The students we encountered in the Barnums of Paris come from all sides: aarchitecture, human resources, hairdressers, etc. MBut everyone puts on the blouse for the same purpose: gto make money.
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Pablo is one of them. He started testing this summer while in BTS. It worked so well for him that he stopped going to class at the beginning of the school year: dSince then, he has worked in a start-up that outsources these screenings on behalf of pharmacies and takes on about sixty testers, with an average age of around 25 years. “These young people come mainly to look for money, because it is an activity that pays quite wellhe explains. In total, a young person receives 25 euros per hour with us 10 to 12 hours a day, for traditional pharmacy hours.”
“The hardest can work 7 days a week, 30 days a month and can earn up to 5,000, 6,000, 7,000 or 8,000 euros a month. It’s colossal.”Pablo, employee of a start-up specialized in testing
Not all young people earn the same: cit depends on how much free time they have to test. But on average, anyone can earn a Smic at the end of the month by working 15 hours a week. And with about a million tests done in France every day, dyou work, there it is.
In addition to health workers, any citizen can become a scout, Ohyou rather “anti-Covid-19 mediator”, according to the official term. Two obligations apply to this: lfirst register for an initiation to online screening; lsecond, seven hours of practical training with a healthcare professional. It is on this last point that pharmacists’ unions warn. In practice, there are simply too few places available in the practical training. Result: Some scouts start testing illegally.
The other danger the unions are exposing is that these scouts will be left unattended in the shed. lalso, it’s a problem. Yet the rule is clear:under the amber, vsStudents should always be accompanied by a doctor or pharmacist.
In theory, everyone has their own role: the younger test,ie he inserts the swab into the patient’s nostril, however, the rest of the screening is done by the health care professional. And in the end it is he who enters the result into the Sidep database. Except that the students are in fact often alone under their tents, as explained Pierre-Olivier Variot, president of the Union of Community Pharmacists (USPO). “Extracting it is the job of a healthcare professional. Putting the product to the test, making sure it’s the right test, keeping it at the right temperature, that’s the job of a healthcare professional. And displaying it of the result, it is also up to the health professional to do that”he enumerates, recognizing that in practice, “It’s not like that at all.”
To summarize: agreed, failure start-ups in the training of young testers, manque van framing under the barnums. sThis raises the question of the reliability of these tests. Over the past seven days, an average of more than 360,000 new positive cases have been detected in France: cis the number really the right one, odo you only represent properly screened persons?