Maria Perez. 22 years old. Spanish, living in Denmark for an academic exchange since February of 2020. Isolated in a 30-square meter room for two months. Classes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., even on weekends. No family around. No interaction with the locals. Insomnia. Loss of appetite. Three panic attacks in the last week. She needed an end and she found it. She left one of the most secure countries in Europe for the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic. Her choice, considered crazy by many, turned out to be a bold, but calculated, decision to protect her mental health.
Research from the University of Copenhagen suggests that people over 65 are feeling less lonely than the average population during the corona crisis. But an expert questions the data and disagrees with the conclusion. He points to social communities as a measure of battling loneliness.
In a headline on April 5, 2020, the Copenhagen Post, an English-language publication in Denmark, wrote that “Twice as many men dead from coronavirus as women.”
In this episode, interlinked reporter Alice Schoutsen wonders how her dorm mates are doing. Figures from national public health institute Sciensano show that depressive thoughts have tripled among young people. She focuses on her British dorm mate Jessie Stroud (22), who, just like her, is studying in Aarhus, Denmark, for a semester.
In this episode, Jon Larrachea will get the testimony of a little Spanish community that are spending the Coronavirus pandemic in Aarhus, Denmark. They will give us a description about their decision of staying in Denmark instead of coming back and which benefits they get from gathering with more Spanish students.
On a market square in Haderslev, Denmark, the corona consequences are easily visible. At least on Tuesdays and Fridays when the square hosts an outdoor market. Here, there are no talks of billions of dollars or thousands of patients. It’s just small businesses trying to survive the crisis.
From Aarhus, Denmark, I saw from a distance as a foreigner living abroad how the infections and deaths from COVID-19 rapidly accumulated in the Netherlands. When I returned home and was in the middle of it, the numbers stopped for me.