Thursday, May 19

Holden Committee: Good arguments for easing the level of action now

The case is being updated.

The Holden Committee, which is chaired by Steinar Holden, assesses the consequences of measures and contributes input to the ongoing handling.

Ahead of Tuesday’s press conference, they were instructed to assess the socio-economic consequences of the infection control measures.

On the one hand, the committee believes that there are still several arguments in favor of continuing a relatively strict level of measures. This will delay the spread of infection, which in turn will reduce the burden on the health care system and society in general.

It will also mean that fewer people become ill overall, so that the overall disease burden will be less.

On the other hand, the committee argues that there are several arguments in favor of easing the level of measures now.

“The infection control measures used entail a large burden of measures, with a number of negative consequences associated with reduced social contact, loss of important activities, financial losses, strain on physical and mental health, lost learning, and more,” the committee writes.

In addition, the report points out that many of those affected are children, adolescents and young adults who themselves run little personal risk of infection.

“By easing the most burdensome measures, the burden of action would be significantly reduced. Faster spread of infection would increase the burden on the health care system and society in general when many are infected, but probably the period of high burden would be shorter.

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