Denmark becomes first EU country to lift all Covid-19 restrictions

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subee, MSN, CRNA

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10 minutes ago, Tweety said:

Still, Denmark this week is averaging over 45,000 cases a day in a population of 5.8 million.  Florida's 7 day average is 10,000 with a population of 20 million, with almost 65% vaccinated so no, you can't compare.  

California with 25,000 cases a day, much less than Denmarks is hesitant about removing restrictions.

Yes the JH study is the one I'm referring to since it's discussed in several posts above.  This is an international forum and some countries during Omicron like Austria went back into lockdown.  Australia had one of the longest lockdowns in the world.  But Americans and Fox News getting bent out of shape about this study when lockdowns here haven't happened in a almost 1.5 years is annoying.  

Also, there is discussion about this study being flawed.

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/968401?uac=94896SX&faf=1&sso=true&impID=4019934&src=mkm_covid_update_220214_MSCPEDIT#vp_3

 

Tougher COVID-19 Lockdown Measures Imposed on Australia’s Biggest City (voanews.com)  

According to the above article written 7/21, only 10% of Australia was vaccinated.  This may be a factor in why the government did impose harsher restriction.  Their economy, however, never tanked.  I wonder what kind of measures we'd be having now if only 10% of USA were vaccinated.

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2 hours ago, subee said:

 

Tougher COVID-19 Lockdown Measures Imposed on Australia’s Biggest City (voanews.com)  

According to the above article written 7/21, only 10% of Australia was vaccinated.  This may be a factor in why the government did impose harsher restriction.  Their economy, however, never tanked.  I wonder what kind of measures we'd be having now if only 10% of USA were vaccinated.

Yes, Australia wouldn't open up until 80% were vaccinated.  Melbourne endured nearly nine months in lockdown before this occurred.

I wasn't criticizing Australia was addressing your statement " no one is advocating "lockdowns" anyway." as this forum has participants from around the world.   Austria just on Jan. 30th ended their lockdown.

Australia (not to be confused with the above Austria) saw a huge contraction in June 2020 and went into recession along with the rest of the world.  They might have faired better than other countries but no it didn't "tank".

The US economy didn't necessarily tank either, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and other industries did quite well because people were able to work from home.  Other industries such as hospitality were hurt here of course, but they also were in Australia.  Ironically during a non-lockdown period Australian industry was hammered by sick workers with Omicron which happened after they opened up with 80% vaccination rate.

https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/business-in-lockdown-without-a-lockdown-20220106-p59mal

But you're right at this point in time even Australia doesn't want to go backwards into lockdown.  I think they know the economic and psychologic hardships are hard to continue while balancing it with healthcare needs of a virus that isn't going away even with vaccinations.

Finally to answer your question what kind of measures would we have with only 10% vaccinated.  Probably the same measures we had when 0% were vaccinated when the vaccine came out...which were no measures to speak of, a few mask mandates here and there perhaps.

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19 hours ago, toomuchbaloney said:

https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20220217/covid-rates-jump-denmark-no-restrictions

Countries could follow that lead if their populace is 85% vaccinated and their health systems are not already over burdened. 

They eased restrictions during a time of a high infection rate, so I'm not surprised.  It also goes to show that even highly vaccinated countries like Denmark, Israel and Australia are having issues with covid now.  

Florida was the poster child of lifting restrictions and then becoming overwhelmed in 2020.    But then things got better, then Delta came, then things got better, then Omicron came and now things are better.  No restrictions.

Going in and out of lock down, in and out of restrictions only to see infections rise and fall surely must be exhausting to people.  

Working with surge after surge rising and falling is hard on healthcare workers for sure.

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