Allan Randrup Thomsen, professor of virology at the University of Copenhagen have all the time backed up on the government's dramatic decision to shut down all the country's schools and day care down. He still does.
But the professor emphasizes now, that the closure of the schools in Denmark might not have had the big effect.
- Subsequently, we may very well see - and I have to admit - that we probably had not needed to close the schools, because we saw no negative consequences, when we closed them up again, he says.
As an Extra Magazine during the day can tell, so asked the EU experts from sundhedsagenturet the ECDC, and with them the EU Commission - Denmark fails to immediately shut our schools down, as the health minister Magnus Heunicke otherwise have told.
instead outlined the EU experts and the Commission with a wide range of actions where dedicated school closures was not in the first row.
- They recommend it not directly, but they say it is a part of the tool that you can use, says Allan Randrup Thomsen.
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But even though Allan Randrup Thomsen, i.e. doubts the efficacy of the closures, so he insists that it was the right decision, because in the beginning of the epidemic, did not know how big a role children could play in the spread of the coronavirus.
I share the government's view that it is better to act fast than to be late in time. So overall there is no criticism of the things that happened early, says Allan Randrup Thomsen.
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Virologist Allan Randrup Thomsen defends the government's decision to shut down all the country's schools. Photo: Jonas Olufson
Allan Randrup Thomsen calls it to 'find hair in the soup' and 'something legalese' to focus on, the minister of health has tightened the recommendations of the ECDC.
He considers that the recommendations are pointing in multiple directions, and roses, therefore the government in order to skip over the milder action and go directly to shutdown.
- Anyone who knows anything about epidemics, know that you must act quickly. The ECDC says in fact: You need to close the schools, but also try something else first. It is not possible in reality, for the two things exclude themselves each other.