According to FOA, the 3rd largest trade union in the country, which represents mainly municipal and regional workers, only 5% of those infected with the coronavirus at work have declared it as an occupational injury to the competent authority.
Today, some 240,000 people have been infected in the country, and 11.9% have considered that it was at work, i.e. about 28,000 cases. This figure cannot be compared with the 12,592 cases reported to the Danish Authority as an occupational injury, says FOA.
Federal Secretary Maria Melchiorsen is surprised that so many people have not been informed about the possibility of having their coronavirus infection recognised as an accident at work. This possibility has been open for a year. Employees and employers may also have been sceptical about the benefits of doing so. However, “some symptoms can occur much later, and even if the infection was mild, we don’t know everything about how the disease can develop in the long term. More and more people are experiencing late effects”, warns Maria Melchiorsen. This is why it is important to declare the infection as an occupational injury. If it is recognised as such, compensation may take account of permanent injuries.
Source (in Danish)