Danish vaccine sceptics are sharing LOLLIPOPS to get Covid and receive a ‘quick corona pass’
- The Coronapas allows Danes to go to bars, restaurants and indoor events
- It can be obtained by showing recovery from an infection within six months
- Some Danes are deliberately seeking the virus to avoid taking tests or vaccines
Vaccine sceptics in Denmark are deliberately trying to catch Covid by sharing lollipops and kisses with infected people in a bid to get a corona passport.
Social media groups offering advice on how to catch the virus are becoming increasingly popular among those willing to risk their health to avoid getting jabbed.
A Covid pass which is valid for six months in Denmark can be obtained after showing evidence of having been infected and recovered from the virus.
Without a pass, Danes are unable to enter bars, clubs, restaurants, indoor events, cinemas, galleries, museums or travel abroad.
Dorte, using a pseudonym, told Danish news outlet TV 2 Lorry she is deliberately ignoring official health advice and is going out of her way in the hope of getting infected.
Vaccine sceptics in Denmark are deliberately trying to catch Covid by sharing lollipops and kisses with infected people in a bid to get a quick vaccine passport. Pictured: anti-vaxx protests in Copenhagen last month
A Covid pass (pictured) which is valid for six months in Denmark can be obtained after showing evidence of having been infected and recovered from the virus
She said: ‘It’s because I’m just so tired of this. So it’s to get a quick corona pass and avoid being tested all the time. And then become immune to the disease.
‘My son and his friends were sick and in isolation. They live together. And so I hug them, eat from the same plate as them or drink from the same glass.’
Lone from North Jutland, has gone to similar lengths, revealing: ‘One can share lollipops, candies and so on. Kisses and hugs and hands are not enough. It’s something with as many mucous membranes as possible.’
Some who are deliberately seeking out the virus believe their immune system is better served by exposure rather than vaccinations.
Kirsten from Midtsjælland said: ‘I believe that it strengthens the immune system to get the diseases that abound in the world, and then I do it to get around the pressure that lies from the state in relation to getting a corona pass and tests every other day.’
She shared a lollipop with a friend who had recently tested positive but she has failed to catch the virus so far.
Denmark’s National Board of Health is strongly urging people not to actively seek out Covid and is encouraging them instead to get vaccinated
Denmark’s National Board of Health is strongly urging people not to actively seek out Covid and is encouraging them instead to get vaccinated.
Doctor Andreas Rudkjøbing, who works with infectious diseases at the Danish Health and Medicines Authority, said the blame lies with conspiracy theories and misinformation on social media.
He stated even young and healthy people can get seriously ill and the risk of hospitalisation is higher among the unvaccinated.
But the official advice is falling on deaf ears among the stubborn group of anti-vaxx Danes who say they will continue their hunt for Covid.
Kirsten said she believes her immune system is strong enough and she leads a healthy enough lifestyle to avoid the worst symptoms.
It comes amid a ‘concerning’ surge of Omicron in Denmark to 183 cases.
Official advice is falling on deaf ears among the stubborn group of anti-vaxx Danes who say they will continue their hunt for Covid
The number represented a tripling of confirmed cases in 48 hours, from 18 confirmed and 42 suspected cases on Friday, according to data from the SSI public health institute.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) had previously tallied just 182 cases across all of the European Union, plus Norway and Iceland.
Denmark is one of Europe’s most advanced countries in sequencing of coronavirus variants.
It often detects more cases more quickly than its neighbours – which does not necessarily indicate higher rates of infection.
SSI chief said the increase in Omicron cases was nevertheless ‘concerning’, adding that ‘there are now chains of infection where the variant is found in people who have not travelled abroad or been in contact with travellers’.
Denmark has seen a rise in total cases, with record infections in the country announced last week with 5,120.
The number of hospitalisations and deaths remain well below a peak of a year ago, thanks to vaccines.
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