It's a long walk, but the clock is ticking. But before you stir this mortal coil and call it a night, don't let bed bugs bite!
For a summer where cereal crops are plentiful again after the 2018 drought, it is curious to note that Denmark has entrusted the harvest to the grim reaper.
All kinds of creepy (crawling caterpillars and ticks carrying borrelia), nasty infections (from salmonella to MRSA) and unwanted guests (bed bugs and trichophytes) are made at home as the number of chronic diseases increases.
And they are all so potentially life-threatening, if you listen to the worst-case scenarios presented by the media, it's hard to know what to do first.
The Danish authorities are preparing for an invasion of the larva of an oak procession moth, which carries poisonous hair that can cause skin irritation and asthma among humans – and potentially death. The moth is spotted on the south side of Lolland-Falster.
The invasion of the caterpillar, which has been observed in many areas of Germany, is considered inevitable in the next decade and plans are to suck out the bugs and discarded cocoon, which remains poisoned long after moths appear.
Meanwhile, one-third of the ticks in the country carry the bacterial infection of borrelia, according to a Danish study published by ScienceDirect.
Transferred by migratory birds in spring and fall, people come in contact with ticks in gardens and forests.
According to the Rigshospitalet, thousands of Danes get infected every year, and about 150 a year end up being infected with Lyme disease, which can be fatal.
The summer was loaded with the Statens Serum Institute (SSI).
In July, she reported that 23 people – 13 women and 10 men – had been infected by Salmonella Coeln, a rare strain of the infection, in June and July. Source not yet discovered.
SSI also reported that last year, 3,669 people were infected with the MRSA bacterium, which is still most commonly associated with pigs – a slight increase from 3,579 cases registered in 2017.
And an SSI study of 32 guinea pigs in 17 pet stores found that 12 carry fungal infection. The skin departments in Gentofte and Roskilde report more infections – mostly among children.
More Danes return home from bed rest. One pest killer has watched 1,000 cases in 2019 alone, an increase of 30 percent in the last year.
Lastly, working night shifts disrupts the hormone melatonin and increases the risk of cancer, according to an expert group working on behalf of the World Health Organization, which includes Johnny Hansen of the Danish Cancer Society.
Chronic Disease Explosion
Aalborg University study finds that twice as many Danes have chronic illnesses as previously thought by the Sundhedsstyrelsen Health Authority – as many as two in three over the age of 16.
Men with chronic illnesses tend to have an average of 2.0 and women 2.4. By age 44, the average is 1.1, which then rises to 5.3 for people over 75. Copenhagen has the lowest proportion of chronic diseases in the country, but the highest proportion of people with HIV, eating disorders and schizophrenia.
The most common are high blood pressure (23.3 percent), high cholesterol (14.3), depression (10), bronchitis (9.2), asthma (7.9), type 2 diabetes (5.3) , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (4.7), arthritis in the knee (3.9) and gastric ulcers and osteoporosis (and 3.5).