Denmark: Omicron, BA.1 and BA.2 Risk Assessment for January 2022

The full document “Risk assessment for the development of the Covid-19 epidemic” from Denmark’s SSI, dated 22nd January 2022, translated into English. Includes details of Omicron, BA.1, BA.2 infections.

 

Risk assessment for the development of the Covid-19 epidemic translated

 

The chart below is from the report:

Figure 2 shows the development in the Covid-19 related hospital occupancy per day divided into total, psychiatry, intensive care and hospitalized on a respirator. Figure 2 shows that an increasing proportion of the inpatients are patients admitted to a psychiatric ward.

SSI Risk Assessment web page (in Danish)

SSI Risk Assessment PDF download (in Danish)

 

 

 

 

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Preprint: 75% of Covid ICU patients report symptoms after one year

Of 246 patients who were alive 1 year following ICU treatment for COVID-19, 74.3% reported physical symptoms, 26.2% reported mental symptoms, and 16.2% reported cognitive symptoms.

Physical, mental, and cognitive symptoms were frequent 1 year after ICU treatment for COVID-19.

Jama Network Preprint: Clinical Outcomes Among Patients With 1-Year Survival Following Intensive Care Unit Treatment for COVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

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Omicron can survive longer on human skin and plastic

The Omicron COVID-19 variant can survive longer than earlier strains of the virus on plastic surfaces and human skin, new research by Japanese scientists has found.  The study by a team from the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, which is not yet peer reviewed, found that the variants survived much longer than the original strain following a series of laboratory tests.

Euronews report

Biorxiv preprint: Differences in environmental stability among SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern: Omicron has higher stability

 

 

 

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Norway: 248 deaths and nearly 52,000 reports of other Covid vaccine side-effects

From a population of just 5.3 million people, Norway has reported a total of 248 deaths as suspected side effects after a Covid vaccine, according to the latest Adverse Reaction Report from the Norwegian Medicines Agency, published on Thursday, 20th January.

The reported deaths are distributed as follows: 227 after the Pfizer vaccine, 15 after Moderna and six after the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The Norwegian Medicines Agency has also received 51,985 reports of suspected side effects. Of these, 26,413 messages have been processed. 4766 are classified as serious and 21,647 are classified as not serious. This means that 18 per cent of the messages that have been processed are classified as serious.

Dagbladet.no report (in Norwegian)

Norwegian Medicines Agency, Adverse Reaction Report (in Norwegian)

 

Around 4.3 million people have been fully vaccinated in Norway

 

Norway has recorded just 1,414 deaths from Covid-19 as of January 21st 2022:

Norway Covid deaths at OurworldinData.org

 

BMJ: We must have raw data for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments now

 

 

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BMJ: We must have raw data for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments now

“despite the global rollout of Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, the anonymised participant level data underlying the trials for these new products remain inaccessible to doctors, researchers, and the public—and are likely to remain that way for years to come. This is morally indefensible for all trials, but especially for those involving major public health interventions.”

British Medical Journal editorial: Covid-19 vaccines and treatments: we must have raw data, now

 

 

Science Magazine: Covid vaccines may cause Long Covid–like symptoms

 

 

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US: 44% of kids hospitalized with Covid developed neurological symptoms

44% of children hospitalized with Covid developed neurological symptoms, the most common being headache, acute encephalopathy and seizures. Youngsters with MIS-C most often had headache, acute encephalopathy and dizziness. Rarer symptoms of both conditions included loss of smell, vision impairment, stroke and psychosis.

These hospitalized kids were more likely to require intensive care than their peers who didn’t experience such symptoms, according to a new study led by a paediatrician at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine report

 

The Omicron variant wave has been particularly hard on young children. In the UK, over 100 children a day are being admitted to hospital for Covid-19, the majority in the under-5 age range.

 

 

 

COVID-19 patients show more signs of brain damage than Alzheimer’s sufferers

 

 

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Research: Probiotic improves symptomatic and viral clearance in Covid19 outpatients

Primary outcome of complete remission on day 30 was achieved by 78 (53.1%) in the probiotic group compared to 41 (28.1%) in placebo.

Patients in probiotic group reported significantly less days of fever, cough, headache, body aches (myalgia), shortness of breath (dyspnea), nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

Research paper: Probiotic improves symptomatic and viral clearance in Covid19 outpatients: a randomized, quadruple-blinded, placebo-controlled trial

 

 

 

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Dr Steve James: I would rather go for a natural health approach than a vaccine

A TalkRadio interview with Dr. Steve James, the iCU doctor who stood up to UK Health Minister Sajid Javid recently when Javid insisted that mandatory vaccinations for health workers would go ahead in Britain.

The interview is well worth a listen, if only as an antidote to the increasingly toxic pro-vaccination campaign that is currently being promoted by almost every other media outlet and politician in the country. 

As booster vaccine doses become less potent at combating Covid in future, a natural health approach could become the primary (and perhaps even the only) weapon we have to fight the virus. Don’t knock it.

 

 

Israel: Fourth dose of vaccine gives limited protection against Omicron infection

 

COVID-19 patients show more signs of brain damage than Alzheimer’s sufferers

Patients hospitalized for COVID-19 had higher levels over the short term of blood proteins known to rise with neurological damage than non–COVID-19 patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a new study finds.

Study authors found the markers for brain damage were even worse among patients that did not survive their coronavirus infection. Markers among patients who died from COVID were 124 percent higher than those who eventually left the hospital.

Nyulangone.org article

Serum neuronal, glial, and axonal neurodegenerative biomarkers, including t-tau, p-tau181, UCHL1, GFAP, and NfL were significantly elevated in patients with encephalopathy and worse discharge disposition after hospitalization for COVID-19. These markers correlated with the severity of COVID illness. Furthermore, levels of NfL, GFAP, and UCHL1 in hospitalized COVID patients were similar to, or higher than, levels observed in non-COVID AD dementia patients. Additional studies tracking trajectories of these biomarkers over time and their association with long-term cognitive outcomes among COVID-19 survivors are warranted.

Alzheimers Association Study – Comparison of serum neurodegenerative biomarkers among hospitalized COVID-19 patients versus non-COVID subjects with normal cognition, mild cognitive impairment, or Alzheimer’s dementia

 

See also: January 2022 Preprint – Mild respiratory SARS-CoV-2 infection can cause multi-lineage cellular dysregulation and myelin loss in the brain

 

 

Sars-CoV-2 filmed attacking the brain of a bat

 

 

 

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EMA: Transverse Myelitis listed as potential side effect of AstraZeneca and Janssen Covid vaccines

The Europe Medicines Agency has recommended adding a rare spinal inflammation called transverse myelitis as a side effect of AstraZeneca’s and Janssen’s (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines.

The committee, after reviewing data, concluded that a causal relationship between these two vaccines and transverse myelitis is at least a reasonable possibility.

Reuters report

Transverse myelitis is a rare neurological condition in which the spinal cord is inflamed. Transverse implies that the inflammation extends horizontally across the spinal cord. Partial transverse myelitis and partial myelitis are terms sometimes used to specify inflammation that only affects part of the width of the spinal cord.

Transverse myelitis is characterized by weakness and numbness of the limbs, deficits in sensation and motor skills, dysfunctional urethral and anal sphincter activities, and dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system that can lead to episodes of high blood pressure. Signs and symptoms vary according to the affected level of the spinal cord.

Wikipedia: Transverse Myelitis

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Spain: Healthcare workers should sacrifice themselves for the public good

A Spanish judge has ruled “health workers had the obligation to sacrifice their right to life and integrity, even without masks, for the benefit of the life and integrity of the rest of the population.”

The judge dismissed the claim for violation of fundamental rights that the nurses of the Andalusian province filed during the first wave of the pandemic against the Health Board due to the shortage of PPE.

The ruling considers in the situation of having to choose between the lives of citizens or working in dangerous conditions for nurses, the right to life of the population should be privileged.

The ruling recognizes the shortage of protective equipment for health workers during the first months of the pandemic. But it does not condemn the Administration on understanding that the lack of said material was “irremediable.”

 

El Pais report (in Spanish)

 

 

 

UK: Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths by vaccination status for week 2, 2022

A new report out today by the UK Health and Security Agency gives figures for Covid infections, hospitalizations and deaths by vaccination status for the period in which Omicron became dominant in Britain.

UK Covid Infections:

 

UK Hospitalizations:

UK Covid Deaths:

 

UKHSA Covid-19 vaccine surveillance report for week 2, 2022

 

 

 

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Canada: Quebec to force unvaccinated to pay ‘significant’ financial penalty *1 UPDATE*

Quebec, in Canada, will charge a health tax to residents who are not vaccinated against Covid-19. The premier of Quebec has announced that it would be the first in the nation to financially penalise the unvaccinated.

Meanwhile, in Toronto, Canada, the figures for Covid hospitalizations show a completely different story to the Canadian narrative that hospitals are bursting with the unvaccinated.

Toronto Covid case rates are also far higher for the fully vaccinated. The balance has been completely tipped since December 2021 by the Omicron variant, which seems to prefer infecting the vaccinated. 

Even Toronto ICU cases are fairly evenly split as Delta variant cases make their way through the hospital system. 

All that we can see, stretching far into the future, is lawsuits against those responsible for the blatant discrimination and harrassment against the unvaccinated. Let’s hope that those that are making these rash decisions are held personally liable when the judgements roll in.

Crowdfunder anyone?

 


UPDATE 1 – 12 January 2022

** The people in charge of Quebec appear to have completely lost their minds **

Quebec judge suspends unvaccinated father’s visitation rights with child

A Quebec Superior Court judge has temporarily suspended a father’s right to see his child based on evidence that the man is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and appears to oppose government anti-pandemic health measures.

Citynews.ca report


 

 

 

 

Denmark: About 75% of Covid hospitalizations are fully vaccinated *14 UPDATES*

Denmark’s SSI now publishes raw data for new Covid cases and hospitalizations by vaccination status. The figures show that about 85% of new Covid cases and about 70% of hospitalizations are fully vaccinated.  The narrative of hospitals being full of unvaccinated patients falls apart once you look at the raw data rather than the often used per 100,000 of population figure that is being spun by governments worldwide.

To consolidate the illusion even further, within weeks, those without a third or fourth booster dose will be deemed unvaccinated. Many children are defined as unvaccinated because they aren’t eligible, and those with just one dose are also labelled as unvaccinated. And so the circus continues….

8th January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 94,217 new cases (84.19%)
Unvaccinated: 14,890 new cases (13.31%)
Partly vaccinated: 2,805 new cases (2.51%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 665 hospitalizations (69.27%)
Unvaccinated: 259 hospitalizations (26.98%)
Partly vaccinated: 36 hospitalizations (3.75%)

Translations:  Forventet fuld effekt = Fully vaccinated  ||  Uvaccinerede = Unvaccinated  || Påbegyndt vaccination = Partly vaccinated  ||  Vaccinationsstatus Bekræftede tilfælde seneste 7 dage = Vaccination status, confirmed cases within 7 days  ||  Vaccinationsstatus Nyindlagte seneste 7 dage = Vaccination status, newly admitted [to hospital] last 7 days


9th January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 97,054 new cases (84.12%)
Unvaccinated: 15,427 new cases (13.37%)
Partly vaccinated: 2,889 new cases (2.5%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 634 hospitalizations (69.14%)
Unvaccinated: 245 hospitalizations (26.72%)
Partly vaccinated: 38 hospitalizations (4.14%)


10th January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 93,099 new cases (84.11%)
Unvaccinated: 14,852 new cases (13.42%)
Partly vaccinated: 2,730 new cases (2.47%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 629 hospitalizations (69.66%)
Unvaccinated: 239 hospitalizations (26.47%)
Partly vaccinated: 35 hospitalizations (3.88%)


11th January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 88,625 new cases (83.8%)
Unvaccinated: 14,508 new cases (13.72%)
Partly vaccinated: 2,631 new cases (2.49%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 616 hospitalizations (70.64%)
Unvaccinated: 225 hospitalizations (25.8%)
Partly vaccinated: 31 hospitalizations (3.56%)


UPDATE 1 – 12th January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 85,547 new cases (83.79%)
Unvaccinated: 14,026 new cases (13.74%)
Partly vaccinated: 2,524 new cases (2.47%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 638 hospitalizations (71.69%)
Unvaccinated: 229 hospitalizations (24.72%)
Partly vaccinated: 32 hospitalizations (3.6%)


UPDATE 2 – 13th January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 87,839 new cases (84%)
Unvaccinated: 14,188 new cases (13.57%)
Partly vaccinated: 2,545 new cases (2.43%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 636 hospitalizations (69.81%)
Unvaccinated: 241 hospitalizations (26.45%)
Partly vaccinated: 34 hospitalizations (3.73%)


UPDATE 3 – 14th January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 92,134 new cases (84.16%)
Unvaccinated: 14,690 new cases (13.42%)
Partly vaccinated: 2,651 new cases (2.42%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 661 hospitalizations (70.54%)
Unvaccinated: 240 hospitalizations (25.61%)
Partly vaccinated: 34 hospitalizations (3.84%)


UPDATE 4 – 15th January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 98,501 new cases (84.39%)
Unvaccinated: 15,385 new cases (13.18%)
Partly vaccinated: 2,840 new cases (2.43%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 683 hospitalizations (71.52%)
Unvaccinated: 238 hospitalizations (24.92%)
Partly vaccinated: 34 hospitalizations (3.56%)


UPDATE 5 – 16th January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 105,557 new cases (84.53%)
Unvaccinated: 16,323 new cases (13.07%)
Partly vaccinated: 2,999 new cases (2.4%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 700 hospitalizations (71.57%)
Unvaccinated: 249 hospitalizations (25.46%)
Partly vaccinated: 29 hospitalizations (2.97%)


UPDATE 6 – 17th January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 112,466 new cases (84.81%)
Unvaccinated: 17,013 new cases (12.83%)
Partly vaccinated: 3,138 new cases (2.37%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 692 hospitalizations (70.9%)
Unvaccinated: 250 hospitalizations (25.61%)
Partly vaccinated: 34 hospitalizations (3.48%)


UPDATE 7 – 18th January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 123,513 new cases (85.17%)
Unvaccinated: 18,143 new cases (12.51%)
Partly vaccinated: 3,363 new cases (2.32%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 718 hospitalizations (72.31%)
Unvaccinated: 242 hospitalizations (24.37%)
Partly vaccinated: 33 hospitalizations (3.32%)


UPDATE 8 – 19th January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 136,365 new cases (85.46%)
Unvaccinated: 19,632 new cases (12.3%)
Partly vaccinated: 3,565 new cases (2.23%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 734 hospitalizations (71.89%)
Unvaccinated: 254 hospitalizations (24.88%)
Partly vaccinated: 33 hospitalizations (3.23%)


UPDATE 9 – 20th January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 147,428 new cases (85.73%)
Unvaccinated: 20,818 new cases (12.11%)
Partly vaccinated: 3,728 new cases (2.17%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 767 hospitalizations (74.03%)
Unvaccinated: 239 hospitalizations (23.07%)
Partly vaccinated: 30 hospitalizations (2.9%)


UPDATE 10 – 21st January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 157,087 new cases (85.93%)
Unvaccinated: 21,885 new cases (11.97%)
Partly vaccinated: 3,844 new cases (2.1%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 752 hospitalizations (73.15%)
Unvaccinated: 246 hospitalizations (23.93%)
Partly vaccinated: 30 hospitalizations (2.92%)


UPDATE 11 – 22nd January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 165,613 new cases (86.12%)
Unvaccinated: 22,819 new cases (11.87%)
Partly vaccinated: 3,881 new cases (2.02%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 774 hospitalizations (73.85%)
Unvaccinated: 244 hospitalizations (23.28%)
Partly vaccinated: 30 hospitalizations (2.86%)


UPDATE 12 – 23rd January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 172,558 new cases (86.31%)
Unvaccinated: 23,424 new cases (11.72%)
Partly vaccinated: 3,941 new cases (1.97%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 808 hospitalizations (74.68%)
Unvaccinated: 243 hospitalizations (22.46%)
Partly vaccinated: 31 hospitalizations (2.87%)


UPDATE 13 – 24th January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 180,119 new cases (86.52%)
Unvaccinated: 24,056 new cases (11.56%)
Partly vaccinated: 4,009 new cases (1.93%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 853 hospitalizations (75.29%)
Unvaccinated: 246 hospitalizations (21.71%)
Partly vaccinated: 34 hospitalizations (3%)


UPDATE 14 – 26th January 2022:

New Covid cases in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 195,563 new cases (86.86%)
Unvaccinated: 25,580 new cases (11.36%)
Partly vaccinated: 3,999 new cases (1.78%)

Hospitalizations in the last 7 days:
Fully vaccinated: 929 hospitalizations (75.59%)
Unvaccinated: 263 hospitalizations (21.4%)
Partly vaccinated: 37 hospitalizations (3.01%)


Denmark Covid dashboard

* The data for new Covid cases and hospitalizations in Denmark are no longer broken down to show those who have two vaccine doses and those with booster vaccinations. We are showing the raw numbers for new cases and hospitalizations. The infection and hospitalization figures in the SSI dashboard are generally displayed by population size (i.e. per 100,000 people). The various Covid vaccines claim to infer some protection against hospitalization, so by using raw numbers we can determine what that protection level is. Using population size as a denominator in this instance would create a false comparison. Omicron currently represents about 90% of all new cases in Denmark. *


 

Denmark: Omicron sub-variant BA.2 outcompetes BA.1

 

 

 

 

 

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