Snotty nose? Stay at home, says Danish health director

Snotty nose? Stay at home, says Danish health director
Danish Health Authority director Søren Brostrøm at Tuesday's briefing. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
If you have a slight cold or feel a little under the weather, you should stay home from work, the director of the Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) has advised.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, Søren Brostrøm said it was better to be safe than sorry with cold-like symptoms, so as to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Brostrøm said that Danes should generally be better at isolating themselves, even if infection with Covid-19 has not been confirmed.

“We should also (isolate) if we have been close contacts (to someone who has tested positive) or if we have other reasons to be tested. For example, if we have come home from a country with a high reproduction rate,” he said.

Denmark’s reproduction rate is currently at 1.1, meaning that every 10 people with coronavirus currently infect 11 others. Last week, it was reported to be at 1.3 and 1.5 shortly prior to that.

If the reproduction rate is above one, that means the number of infected in a society will grow. If it is below, the number will decline. 

Tuesday saw 392 new cases of coronavirus registered in Denmark, the first time in 13 days that the figures has dropped under 400. On Monday, 435 new positive tests for Covid-19 were registered. A record number of 678 was posted on September 25th.

The lower number may partly reflect lower testing at weekends, when around 40,000 tests are conducted compared to 50,000 on weekdays.

107 people are currently hospitalised with Covid-19 in Denmark. 15 are in ICU care and 9 of these are receiving ventilator treatment.

Health authorities have stepped up face mask recommendations and restrictions on assembly limits and nightlife are among the measures taken in response to Denmark’s recent increase in coronavirus cases.

The nightlife and assembly restrictions, initially in place until October 4th, have since been extended to October 18th.

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