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DENMARK: Update on Covid-19 occupational injuries

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On 8 March, the competent institution AES recorded 4,921 reports of work-related Covid-19. These are cases concerning the disease itself, but also allergies resulting from the use of protective equipment for example.

When it is proven that the victim has contracted the disease (diagnosis made) and that it is work-related, Covid-19 cases can be recognised as an accident at work or an occupational disease. It is the time of infection that is decisive, as stated in the Danish Work Environment Authority’s assessment guide. Thus, when the victim has been in contact with persons infected or potentially infected with Covid-19 for a period longer than 5 days, the recognition will be as an occupational disease.

Some professions involve a strong presumption that the employee was exposed to an infection at work. This is the case for employees in the health system, such as nurses in intensive care units, who are in direct contact with infected patients. Employees in the health and social care sector, nurses in an institution in contact with an infected resident or police officers who have been coughed in the face are also affected.

AES updates the figures every week. In mid-April 2020, it had received 20 reports of Covid-19-related cases.

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