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Summary, 04.05.2020 - People in the risk groups can now hug their closest relatives, but no-one else

TODAY'S BULLETS

  1. People with increased risk can now hug their closest relatives, but should still avoid handshakes, cheek-kisses and hugs to everyone except their closest relatives, according to the new guidelines by the Danish Health Authority.

  2. The authority also says that it is important to remember life in all its length, meaning that it is important to balance the initiatives taken with the resulting life quality if the person is nearing the end of his/her life.

  3. New risk groups were defined, adding people with obesity and not having everybody above 65 in the risk group. See the new list in the summary.

  4. Many overweight Danes are hospitalized with corona. 62 % of the hospitalized with coronavirus at Hvidovre Hospital and the university hospitals in Odense and Aarhus have been overweight. 51 % of the Danish population is overweight. 35 % of the hospitalized have been severely overweight, a group that makes out 17 % of the population.

  5. The European Commission has initiated a fund-raise with the purpose of raising 7.5 billion euro, or around 56 billion kroner, to develop a vaccine and treatment against coronavirus. The Commission has donated 1 billion euro, and Denmark has donated 50 million euro.

  6. A series of professors are criticizing the space requirements needed at universities, since it means that only 10 % (1.700) of all scientists in Denmark can be at work, despite that the universities have estimated that it would be responsible to call back 25 % of the scientists.

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POLITICS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • People with increased risk can now hug their closest relatives, but should still avoid handshakes, cheek-kisses and hugs to everyone except their closest relatives, according to the new guidelines by the Danish Health Authority.

  • The authority also says that it is important to remember life in all its length, meaning that it is important to balance the initiatives taken with the resulting life quality. “People with an increased risk, who are in the last part of their life, often have a great need to get the best out of the last moments with their relatives. Here the need for life quality can be more important than the need to reduce the infection spread,” it says in the report.

  • The Danish Health Authority has issued a new set of guidelines where they narrow in the number of risk groups:

  1. People with a series of immune system weakening and chronic diseases.

  2. Elderly above 65 with chronic diseases and elderly above 70 and particularly above 80, as well as residents in nursing homes.

  3. Overweight people with a BMI above 35 and people with a BMI above 30, who also have one or more chronic diseases.

  4. For people in risk groups that are in the last parts of their life, it can be considered to only follow the guidelines to the extent that it doesn’t affect the personal contact.

  5. Children with certain chronic diseases or children with sequela after having been born too early.

  6. Pregnant and women who have given birth within two weeks, out of a principle of caution.

  • The European Commission has initiated a fund-raise with the purpose of raising 7.5 billion euro, or around 56 billion kroner, to develop a vaccine and treatment against coronavirus. The Commission has donated 1 billion euro, and Denmark has donated 50 million euro. The 7.5 billion is the first goal in the fund-raise, which will run for a while. Countries, international organisations and institutions as well as companies can donate.

  • The harbour in Rungsted might fall under a prohibition on stopping since citizens in Northern Zealand have started to slack on social distancing and not gathering. As a result, the mayor in Hørsholm and the police in the region are threatening with the prohibition as a possible result.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION

  • 9.670 have tested positive, 147 more than yesterday (Expect large dark numbers since we haven't been testing everyone with symptoms from the start, ed.).

  • 252 are hospitalized, 9 more than yesterday.

  • Of those 252, 57 are in intensive care, 5 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 57, 45 are in respirators, 1 less than yesterday.

  • 483 Corona-infected residents in Denmark have died, 9 more than yesterday.

  • 244.791 have been tested for corona-virus (+10.992), with 9.523 positives (3.95 % positives), a drop of 0.12 %-point from yesterday (We are testing more, so we are also finding more non-infected, ed.)

  • 7.088 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, 101 more than yesterday.

  • Many overweight Danes are hospitalized with corona. 62 % of the hospitalized with coronavirus at Hvidovre Hospital and the university hospitals in Odense and Aarhus have been overweight. 51 % of the Danish population is overweight. 35 % of the hospitalized have been severely overweight, a group that makes out 17 % of the population. Similar numbers are seen in France, England and the US. Professor at the Ward for infectious diseases at Hvidovre Hospital, Thomas Benfield, explains why overweight causes such a massive problem: “Overweight is a problem when you have to breathe since you need to work harder on breathing in and out (when you are infected with corona, ed.). If you also have a large stomach, it pushes the lungs up in the chest, so that you have a smaller volume in the lungs.

  • Bestseller was behind the anonymous donation of 100.000 test kits to Region Hovedstaden. Initially, the concern didn’t want to to have public acknowledgements, but after rumours began of Chinese affiliations with the donation, the concern decided to go public, in order to not have the trust in the tests undermined.

  • 12 children out of 155 who have tested positive for coronavirus has been hospitalized, or 8 %. None have had any underlying illnesses like cancer or lung diseases.

OTHER NEWS

  • A series of professors are criticizing the space requirements needed at universities, since it means that only 10 % (1.700) of all scientists in Denmark can be at work, despite that the universities have estimated that it would be responsible to call back 25 % of the scientists. “It seems absurd and politically unfounded that all the Danish universities have collectively only been given permission to send 1.700 researchers back to their labs. Including some scientists that are used to work with infectious micro-organisms and used to work health-professionally responsibly.

  • 6 out of 10 children feel worried during the corona-crisis, according to a new poll made by Børns Vilkår on its website with more than 700 participants. The children worry about family, school assignments and the lack of being with their friends.

  • The gas-station chain Circle K offered free coffee to those who are extra needed in the current health crisis, and who have been extraordinarily exposed to coronavirus through their job in March and April. More than 1 million cups of coffee have been handed out to health employees, hereof 400.000 in Europe, and almost 40.000 in Denmark.



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