The database of the French health insurance allows us to identify precisely those most likely to be seriously affected by the virus [...] France is reacting to the crisis as it would have done fifteen or twenty years ago, when big data and artificial intelligence tools were non-existent.
The use of data must be accompanied by a policy of systematic screening to enable rapid and appropriate management. If we don't know who is sick, how can we target our efforts? How can we know how many people are infected and monitor the evolution of the epidemic? How can we ensure that those most vulnerable are effectively protected? Having enough tests available and screening the entire population at higher risk of infection or with major health risk is a necessity. Test, test, test: the World Health Organization recommends to massively test the population in order to identify where clusters of sick people are, to follow the evolution of the virus, and to quarantine people who are contaminated to avoid the epidemic spread and contamination. Once again, France, as is the case with Italy, the United States and the United Kingdom, has not opted for systematic screening and tests are virtually unavailable.