Copenhagen. Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, COPD, usually make up a large proportion of the beds in the section for pulmonary medicine at the Regional Hospital in North Jutland.
But that is not the case this winter. This is what Bente Grønlund, chief physician in pulmonary medicine at the hospital, tells Kristeligt Dagblad.
– It is my clear impression that we have fewer COPD patients admitted than in average years. In the winter, we basically only have lung patients admitted to our pulmonary medicine section, and many of them have charcoal.
– Now we fill the beds with many other types of patients because the coal patients are missing, she says.
Peter Lange has the same experience. He is chief physician at the Department of Medical Diseases at Herlev-Gentofte Hospital.
– It is the clinical observation that we see far fewer patients with charcoal in the medical departments, he says.
Patients with charcoal are at risk of developing a serious disease if they become infected with corona.
Therefore, they have largely followed the corona advice on social distancing and not seeing sick family members according to Kristeligt Dagblad.
There are no national figures for admissions with charcoal in 2020 yet, but chief physician in pulmonary medicine at Vejle Hospital Anders Løkke has calculated the figures for his department.
Here, 378 patients were admitted with carbon monoxide last year, compared with 461 patients in 2019. This is a decrease of almost 20 percent.
Although corona thus appears to have caused fewer admissions with charcoal, the pandemic has also had a less positive consequence for patients with lung disease.
Fewer have had their coal discovered and checked.
300,000-400,000 Danes have carbon monoxide, and about one in ten have the disease to a severe or very severe degree.
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