January 16, 2022

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It seems the government hasn’t learned much from the experience we’ve already gained about how difficult it is to reverse the rise in infections. New measures are introduced without a good assessment of the potential outcome.

Less contagious: In January 2021, the measures were much stronger than now, and the virus is less contagious. However, the applicants wrote that it took several weeks to bring the infection under control, which at the time was less severe. Here is Health Minister Ingfeld Kirkul (Labour) and Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store (Labour) during a coronavirus press conference earlier this week. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB
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Many do not understand why the government takes such vague and sometimes contradictory measures, and why all of these measures should be voluntary. We don’t think it will be long before the government has to realize that more severe lye is needed and force it to take stronger action.

Assistant Director of the Norwegian Directorate of Health Espen Nakstad talks about omicron infection at the Christmas table in Louise in Oslo.
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In January 2021 The measures have been much stronger than now, and the virus is less contagious. However, it took several weeks to bring the infection under control, which at the time was less serious. Now we have to deal with the new highly contagious omicron mutation of the COVID-19 virus.

In January 2021, infection rates were rising with the risk of the spread of COVID-19, and On January 4, Solberg’s government presented Strict measures, national infection control, in the regulations, which we all had to follow. Admission rates due to COVID-19 Her time was around 120 weeks.

In the first week By January, 36 people had died from the coronavirus. It was then as a result of strong measures that within a few weeks, control of . was achieved Admission numbers drop from a peak of around 160 in Week 2 to just about 80 in mid-February. The death toll also decreased from 45 deaths in week 2 to 10-15 deaths in the next five weeks.

The situation is now more dire than it was in January with more inpatients (262 through December 3), more numbers needing intensive care and increasing numbers on ventilators – and about 50 coronavirus deaths per week. Many hospitals had to stop scheduled treatments and staff were fired both in hospitals and in many municipalities.

still present The Støre government has much weaker measures than Solberg’s government did in January, although the omikron variant is more contagious. These measures also do not come as national measures, but only for some municipalities where it is assumed that there is an increased risk of oomicron spreading. Is this wise?

The Omikron outbreak at the Christmas table in Oslo, where more than half of the fully vaccinated participants were infected by a suspected asymptomatic carrier, gives us a very clear indication that small amounts of the virus can infect violently with airborne particles (aerosols). There is no doubt that airborne omicron infection is now the biggest threat to the epidemic.

then helps Not with vague hints to keep a distance during the Christmas table season. The Oslo Christmas Table is believed to be the world’s first recorded mass infection event with omicron. There is reason to fear further mass infection events when Omicron is now spreading rapidly in the population.

In the past, we had strict control over both imports and local infections. We have gained knowledge and experience from other countries in outbreaks of new species. This time we are on top ourselves. In South Africa, the variety spread very quickly and became dominant in just two weeks.

Now we have to be I promised that omikron would be able to take over the task in Norway in a short time. If omikron causes a serious illness like Delta, we risk an even more dramatic development in the next few weeks than we saw in the Delta period. There are several indications that vaccines work less effectively against Omicron. This also increases the risk.

We know that 4 out of ten Norwegian schools have a very poor indoor climate. Simple measures to improve the indoor climate for all Norwegian schools are likely to significantly reduce the risk of infection in the classroom, which they were supposed to start two years ago. Now the reason for the spread among school students is probably bad indoor climate and insufficient replacement of indoor air.

Measurement of carbon dioxide content In the air with clear marginal values, mandatory hourly classroom ventilation or more frequent and earmarked government funds so that municipalities can implement a rapid and comprehensive upgrade of Norwegian school ventilation systems would be structural measures of great benefit.

Actions taken by Solberg’s government in January It was thus much more powerful than what the current government is offering. At that time, a maximum of five people were allowed in private gatherings outside their homes and a maximum of ten people at indoor sporting events, cultural events, seminars, etc.

It was only allowed with up to 200 people as everyone sat in fixed seats, and there was a ban on alcohol in restaurants and events. These measures were well accepted by the population, perhaps because they were seen as proportionate and reasonable.

Now the government is offering No more liberal measures, and only in the Oslo area, with 100 people in indoor and private events, public places or in rented or borrowed premises. Inside, organizers can accommodate up to 600 individuals in groups of 200 without fixed designated seating (and without specific air quality, ventilation or ventilation requirements). For restaurants, there is a provision for table service of alcoholic beverages to those with a license to serve alcoholic beverages without restrictions other than those in which guests must sit.

Unfortunately, we do not believe that these new defensive measures can prevent further and rapid spread of the omicron mutation with a further increase in admission and death rates. Both delta and omicron variants spread rapidly among vaccinated people.

It looks like The government has learned a few of the experiences we’ve already gained about how difficult it is to reverse the rise in infections. New measures are introduced without a good assessment of the potential outcome. We believe the measures are too weak and will delay the new spread too late.

That means more infections, more serious illness, more deaths, and increased pressure on an already smaller health care system with few reserves for a new wave of infections. We also record troubling disharmony and disagreement among our national supreme professional authorities.

We ask the government: Do not hesitate to implement new and stricter measures at the national level now!

Do not repeat the mistakes and misunderstandings that we should have already learned from. Calls to fight infection work just as badly as calls to speed limits. We must have imposed speed limits and we must impose infection control measures, we must achieve the same vision of the Corona epidemic as in traffic: fewer dead and injured are possible!

Let’s take a horse treat Now, the next 2-3 weeks, to quench the infection. Perhaps we can then avoid a new and more painful national lockdown over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

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