As of February 1, Corona was no longer classified as a “socially critical illness”. Now the authority, the Statens Serum Institute (SSI), has to defend itself against “typical misinformation” that is being spread in the media and social networks. For example, it is often said that “an extremely large number of people” are currently coming to the hospital in Denmark because of Covid-19. “That is not correct,” write the scientists from the SSI. Hospitalizations have been declining since September.
Furthermore, it is claimed (often from abroad) that children become seriously ill because of Corona. “That’s not right,” the agency said. “Most children experience no or very mild illness when infected with COVID-19. In general, COVID-19 in children is a very mild disease compared to the elderly. Hospitalization rates for children mainly reflect that hospitalized children are treated in the emergency department for less than 12 hours but are then discharged home. In very rare cases (1 in 4100 children in Denmark), children can develop Childhood Multiinflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C), a severe but self-limiting disease that reflects the immune system’s response to COVID-19,” they clarify.
In its fact check, the government sees itself forced to defend itself against the allegations that it suddenly switched to the camp of corona deniers!
“COVID-19 absolutely exists, but it is no longer considered ‘a societal infection’. This is because the omicron variant results in milder disease than previous variants and a very high proportion of the Danish population has been vaccinated against COVID-19, which largely protects against severe disease,” the SSI clarifies.