Coronavirus: hygiene measures and recommended precautions
To avoid spreading the Covid-19 virus, it is recommended that a few basic, easy-to-apply protective measures be followed:
- maintain a social distance (avoid greeting people with a kiss or shaking hands);
- wash your hands frequently with soap or disinfect them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
- cough or sneeze into a paper handkerchief and throw it away after use (then wash or disinfect your hands afterwards) or into the crook of your elbow if you don’t have a tissue.
If you have had an accident and your state of health requires that you seek immediate treatment, here are the emergency numbers to ring:
|Emergency European number||112|
|Police emergency services||17|
|SAMU (ambulance emergency service)||15|
|SMS or fax emergency number (for people with hearing and speaking difficulties)||114|
|SOS Médecins (doctor, house calls)||36 24 or 01 47 07 77 77|
|SOS Dentaire (dentist)||01 43 37 51 00 or 01 43 36 36 00|
|Drogues Info Service (7 jours/7, 8h-2h)||0 800 23 13 13|
|Sida Info Service (Aids)||0 800 840 800|
|Centre antipoison de Paris||01 40 05 48 48|
|Centre de dépistage IST de l’Institut Alfred Fournier||01 40 78 26 00 or 01 40 78 26 71|
|Centre de traitement des brûlés « adultes » (Hôpital Saint-Louis)||01 42 38 51 61|
See the list of the capital's police stations by arrondissement.
There are no vaccination requirements for travelling to France.
Regarding the entry of pets into France, it is obligatory to declare and present them to the customs authorities for documentary control and identity. European regulations also necessitate an anti-rabies vaccination and identification of the animal by means of an electronic chip. See the website of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance for full information.
As a general rule, check the conditions and formalities of entry for your pet with the French Embassy in your country of residence.
HOSPITALS IN PARIS
The 39 hospitals of the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, located in various parts of Paris and the Île-de-France, provide a service for all the public, 24 hours/24 and 7 days/7. They account for 25 general emergency departments.
Each hospital also has its own specialist consultations. A doctor will direct you to the one that is most appropriate to your needs. During the hospitalization of a child or loved one, some hospitals may also offer you accommodation or give you information about a specialist agency.
Some of the major Parisian hospitals are: La Pitié Salpêtrière, the Hôtel-Dieu, Lariboisière, Necker and Bichat.
For urgent consultations in English
Many practitioners at the American Hospital, the Institut Franco-Britannique and the Hôpital Foch are perfectly bilingual. It is also possible to contact SOS Médecins France on +33 (0) 1 47 07 77 77: operators will direct you, when possible, to an English-speaking doctor.
CHEMISTS IN PARIS
Chemists are usually open all day from 8am to 8pm. They close on a rota basis on Sunday and sometimes on Monday. But when one chemist is closed, the addresses of the nearest open chemists are listed on the door.