Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet issued a public apology for its handling of the health crisis, acknowledging that it lacked vigilance in relation to the authorities’ announcements, in particular on hospitalizations due to Covid-19.
“We failed”: in an editorial published on January 7, the Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet issued an apology in the form of a public confession for his uncritical treatment of the pandemic. “For more than two years, we – the press and the public – have been absorbed almost hypnotically by the authorities’ daily figures on the coronavirus case,” writes journalist Brian Weichardt. “We observed the fluctuations of the pendulum […] with regard to those infected, hospitalized and deceased due to the coronavirus. And we got explained to each other the meaning of the smallest movements […] by experts, politicians and authorities, who have constantly warned us against the “corona monster” sleeping under our bed, “he notes. However, “the constant mental vigilance” linked to the monitoring of the figures of the contaminations and the hospitalizations “has us all enormously exhausted”, explains the journalist, who invites the press to take stock of the way in which it covers the health crisis.
We weren’t vigilant enough
The tabloid believes it has failed in its own treatment of epidemic news, in particular on the causes of hospital admissions. Thus, “it has been shown that the official figures of hospitalizations were 27% higher than the real figure of the number of people hospitalized because of the coronavirus”, writes the daily. “We have not been vigilant enough” as to the figures presented by the Danish authorities, admits the journalist, while this difference between patients admitted with the Covid and not because of the Covid represents “a big difference”.
As recalled Release, the mea culpa of the Danish daily follows the publication of a report published on January 6 by the Statens Serum Institut (SSI), the Danish body responsible for monitoring Covid-19. This indicated that in December 2021, around 23% of Covid patients in Danish hospitals were admitted for a reason other than the virus (other illnesses, accident or childbirth).
In addition to its self-criticism, the daily stressed that it is “above all the authorities who have the responsibility of informing the population in a correct, precise and honest way”, considering that their messages “leave much to be desired in this historic crisis”. So it makes sense, according to theEkstra Bladet, that part of the population “loses confidence in themselves” after the presentation of erroneous data. Finally, the newspaper criticized the effectiveness of vaccines which, presented as a “super-weapon”, do not prevent hospitals from being “subjected to maximum pressure”.
According to the Danish edition of the English-speaking media The Local, the characteristics of the Omicron variant must be taken into account in the analysis of the data, since the latter is both more transmissible and less likely to cause serious forms: it is therefore possible that the variant “affects the proportion of hospitalized patients. with Covid-19 who are not treated for this diagnosis, ”notes the media.
According to data from Public Health France published in the weekly epidemiological bulletin of January 13, the proportion of patients hospitalized or admitted to critical care for a reason other than Covid-19 (but carrying the virus) was slightly increasing: for patients hospitalized, it reached 20% in the first week of January against 17% two weeks earlier, and stood at 8% of patients in critical care, against 5% a fortnight earlier.
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