The fewer people who have been infected with coronavirus and become immune, the more the virus can spread when society opens again, experts say.
The number of inmates in Denmark fell on Sunday for the fourth day in a row.
At the same time, relatively few have been infected with coronavirus. For example, samples from 1000 random blood donors show that only 27 of them have been infected with coronavirus.
In many ways, it seems to be going the right way. But in fact, the low number of infected people can become a major problem and constitute a paradox for the government, which according to TV 2’s information only this week – most likely Monday – will present its plan for the gradual reopening of Denmark.
Immediately, the desired result is that the number of inpatients will fall, so our health system can follow, says Søren Riis Paludan, professor at the Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University.
But the problem is that the fewer people who are infected when we open the community again, the more they will be at risk of being infected, says Søren Riis Paludan, who therefore estimates that a long time goes before society opens completely.
The authorities’ unsuccessful strategy
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is thus faced with difficult decisions when the future strategy for how and at what pace the gradual reopening of society should be laid.
The only person in authority who has taken the word ‘herd immunity’ in his mouth in public is the technical director at Statens Serums Institut Kåre Mølbak.
The goal of our strategy is not necessarily to stop the infection, but it is to build a herd immunity in a controlled way so that the health service does not break, said Kåre Mølbak to Politiken March 26.
What is herd immunity?
Flock immunity occurs when a large part of the population is protected from a particular disease, which stops the disease’s ability to spread. And that point is around 60 percent, experts believe. This corresponds to approximately 3.6 million Danes.