RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – “For almost two years, we – the press and the public – have been mesmerized by the daily Covid reports of the authorities,” starts the article in the Danish ‘Ekstra Bladet’, one of Denmark’s largest daily newspapers, which was founded in 1904 and is thus one of the pillars of Danish publishing.
We reported pendulum rash in covid-infected, hospitalized, and dead individuals.
And we have had the significance of the smallest movements of the pendulum explained to us by experts, politicians and authorities who have warned us time and again about the slumbering Covid monster under our beds.
A monster just waiting for us to fall asleep so it can strike in the dark of night.
The constant mental alertness has taken its toll on all of us. So we – the press – must also take stock of our own efforts. And we have failed.
We were not vigilant enough at the garden gate when the authorities needed answers about what it actually means that people come to the hospital with Covid and not because of Covid.
Because it makes a difference. A big difference. To be exact, the official admission numbers were found to be 27% higher than the actual number of people hospitalized just for Covid. We only know that now.
It is, of course, primarily the responsibility of the authorities to provide the public with correct, accurate, and honest information.
The figures on how many people are sick and dying from Covid should have been published a long time ago, for obvious reasons, so that we could get as clear a picture as possible of the monster under the bed.
Overall, the messages from the authorities and politicians to the public in this historic crisis leave much to be desired. And so they lie, as they did when parts of the population lost confidence in them.
Another example: Vaccines are repeatedly referred to as our “superweapon.” And our hospitals are called “super hospitals.”
Yet these super-hospitals are apparently under maximum pressure, even though almost the entire population is armed with a super-weapon. Even children are vaccinated on a large scale, which is not the case in our neighboring countries.
In other words, there is something here that does not deserve the label “super.” Whether it’s the vaccines, the hospitals, or a mixture of both is anyone’s guess.
But the way those in power communicate with the public certainly doesn’t deserve the label “super.” Quite the opposite.
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