Corona Round-Up: A third of all COVID-19 patients in hospital for another reason

In related news, were Denmark as populated as the UK, its new daily record would be almost double that of Britain’s all-time high

Approximately a third of the nation’s corona patients are hospitalised for another reason, according to research carried out this week by TV2.

It visited corona wards in four of the country’s five regions, assessing 433 corona patients in total, and it found that 168 were hospitalised for another reason.

In total, 821 people are in hospital with corona – 11 more than yesterday.

Will carry on increasing
Professor Anders Perner, the chief physician at Rigshospitalet’s intensive care unit, predicts the proportion will increase to a half over the coming weeks.

“More people will be infected with coronavirus while they are hospitalised for something else. That is the development we are seeing in the intensive care units,” he told TV2.

Nevertheless, he conceded it can be hard sometimes to assess what is the determining factor for somebody’s hospitalisation.

Fewer long-lasting effects
The news follows reports that far fewer people are experiencing long-lasting effects after recovering from the Omicron variant, compared to Delta.

Only 1 percent of Omicron patients can expect to have later consequences, compared to 10 percent of those who had the Delta – a result of the latest variant being milder (affecting the upper airways as opposed to the lower ones) and people being better protected.

“We are not seeing lasting effects to the same extent as we have seen in connection with the Delta variant,” Ejvind Frausing Hansen, a head doctor at Hvidovre Hospital, told TV2.

Hansen was a contributor to recent research that demonstrated that 85 percent of corona inpatients had a minimum of one symptom four months after admission.

In other corona news: 

– A record 38,759 new cases of corona have been confirmed today. In contrast, the UK’s record is 218,724 (Jan 4), but has a population of 67.22 million – over 11 times Denmark’s. Were Denmark as populated as the UK, its count would be 420,000. 

– The number of hospitalised people remains manageable. Only 50 are in intensive care, and 30 on respirators. A further 16 people have died. 

– The treatment guarantee will return this Friday, thus giving the public the right to be examined and receive treatment within 30 days of the request – at a public or private hospital. Some of the left-wing parties, including Enhedslisten, oppose the move, while the Danish Medical has called it “paradoxical” given the huge infection numbers.

– The European Medicines Agency has ruled it is safe for pregnant women to receive the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. It based it finding on studies that assessed 65,000 pregnancies at various stages.