The new normal
It has actually been a gorgeous day even though it started wet. This picture is from our morning walk.
Denmark started re-opening about 2 weeks ago. Kindergartens and the youngest school children were the first to start. Then hairdressers, masseurs, chiropractors and other smaller one-man businesses followed and now they are talking about allowing visitors outdoors at our homes for the elderly.
Even though schools are up and running again, it is not like before Covid 19. Children must stay outside as much as possible and they have to wash their hands once an hour. So this is the new normal for Danish schools. Big tents in the school yard to give shelter if it rains and washing stations for hand wash everywhere. It is a very different world.
In Denmark we talk about 'infection pressure', which is the number of people that each infected person will pass the virus on to. Before we started reopening, the infection pressure was 0,6. So each infected person would pass it on to 0.6 others. Meaning that if we had continued the same way, the virus would eventually have been gone from Denmark (but obviously returned as soon as the borders had opened again). Now the infection pressure is 0,9, so still under 1, which is good.
But there is more to life than Covid 19 and today is an important day - it is our Liberation Day (World War II).
On May 4th 1945 at 8.35 pm, BBC’s Danish presenter Johannes Sørensen cut into regular programming to inform the Danish people that their five years of German occupation were over: “At this moment, it is being announced that Montgomery has stated that the German troops in the Netherlands, northwest Germany and Denmark have surrendered. This is London. We repeat: Montgomery has just now announced that the German troops in the Netherlands, northwest Germany and Denmark have surrendered.”
Happy Liberation Day, Denmark :-)
See you tomorrow
Emmy and the Hazyland Boys