In summer, people go swimming. It is therefore inevitably during this period that we count the most drownings. Due to Covid-19 and the lack of physical activity these accidents, which can prove to be fatal, are on the rise in 2021.
Number of drownings increased due to lack of physical activity
This is one of the many indirect negative effects of Covid-19. If, during confinement, the health crisis postponed certain operations or prevented treatment, it also led to various closures. Bars and restaurants, places of conviviality and social life, but also sports halls and swimming pools, places where you maintain your body and, for the latter, where you learn to swim. As a result, the number of children who cannot swim has jumped and adults have gained weight.
Whoever says “cannot swim or is not physically fit” also says “risk of drowning”. This is confirmed with figures from Public Health France. According to a survey published on July 13, 2021, “ a total number of 654 drownings that occurred in France between the 1er June and July 5, including 314 documented accidental drownings, of which 79 were fatalities (25%). Compared to 2018 over the same period, the number of accidental drownings increased by 22% (from 257 to 314) and the proportion of deaths, by 58% (from 50 to 79) “.
More drowned among the very young and the elderly
According to the survey, ” in 2021, the two age categories most represented among accidental drownings are children aged between 0 and 5 (21%) and people aged 65 and over (25%) “. It should be noted that drownings followed by death are more numerous after 45 years compared to other age groups: 19 deaths, or 24% among 45-64 year-olds, and 27 deaths, or 34% among those 65 and over.
Deaths in streams and bodies of water accounted for 44% of total drownings. ” Unlike 2018, these deaths have not only affected adults, but also children and adolescents. “. The regions where there are the most accidental drownings are Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Occitanie, but also the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, which has many rivers and bodies of water.