Infection prevention

Basics of mitigating, delaying or warding off escalation from contagion.

Current level of epidemic management

  • Recommendations on general infection prevention – the six general infection prevention recommendations from the Danish Health Authority:
    1. Get vaccinated.
    2. Stay home if feel sick.
    3. Keep your distance.
    4. Air out rooms and create draughts.
    5. Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.
    6. Clean up, especially surfaces that many people touch.

Escalation of epidemic management

  • Possibility of reintroducing stricter recommendations for infection prevention.
  • Increased communication about infection prevention recommendations for the population and sectors.
  • Possibility of reintroduction of e.g. face masks and corona passports. Demanding e.g. that covid-19 be categorized as a critical threat to society and that there is no majority in the Epidemic Committee that speaks out against reintroduction. The reintroduction of corona passports requires sufficient testing capacity.

Recommendations from the health authorities

  • The health authorities recommend that infection prevention is a fundamental part of epidemic management. When infection prevention measures are implemented at all levels, it has a beneficial effect on both covid-19 and on a number of common infectious diseases, including colds, flu etc.
  • The experience is that infection can be prevented and that infection prevention can mitigate, delay or optimally avert an escalation of contagion or infection.
  • The future infection prevention efforts should focus on the population's behaviour, including staying at home in case of illness, frequent aeration or ventilation, social distancing and good cough etiquette, hand hygiene and cleaning.
  • There should also be focus on maintaining hygiene and general infection prevention in society.
  • Cross-sectoral infection prevention measures have proven effective, e.g. in retail, workplaces and schools and day care centres etc.

8 focus areas of the strategy

Infection prevention