Avery had story time again! She was so excited and this time it was much more organized. Mics were muted and songs were sung. The kids were allowed to talk when their names were called. It was a good time for her.
Claire finished her elearning early so I introduced her to Pinterest. She spent much of the afternoon using the glue gun and creating different figures using plastic Easter eggs. She made a bee, frog, minion, Easter bunny and so much more. Avery discovered the read along Disney book+CD sets in my closet and spent most of the afternoon listening to those.
It was a good hands off day.
It was also a milestone for the world. Over one million were infected with COVID-19. The good news was that 97% of Danes were surviving this infection. The island that includes Copenhagen was reporting that they expected there would be enough hospital beds for those needing hospitalization. A tent was built with the purpose to test more Danes.
Italy was now asking Denmark for materials and medical professionals and the Health Department was considering it.
Churches stated they would not open for worship on Easter.
All pregnant nursing students in their third trimester were told to work from home.
New laws were put in place. If a foreigner was caught breaking the law related to the coronavirus, they could be expelled from the country.
The numbers on Day 22: 3386 infected, 525 hospitalized, 153 intensive care, 123 deaths.
Friday was the day before Easter break so elearning was really just one big project. Claire had to come up with some sort of BIG climate project. Something to showcase what she has learned and how to teach environmental issues to others.
It took her a while to think of something. We brainstormed together on some of it too. She knew exactly what she wanted to do but wasn’t sure on how to showcase it. I suggested a presentation and she went for it.
She also had to share a song that was 20 seconds long. The teachers announced they were sick of Happy Birthday. Luckily, we had come up with a song earlier in the week that she was more than happy to share.
After elearning was completed, we went outside. We played some soccer and Avery was a bit of a sore sport. She was very upset when mommy wouldn’t let her score every goal she wanted. So we quickly switched to cartwheels. Claire decided she wanted to learn cartwheels so I tried to give her some lessons. It is now one of her quarantine goals; master the cartwheel.
With cold (and somewhat sore) toes, we came into the house. I decided we needed a dessert for the weekend so we made gluten free vanilla wafer bars. Yum!
There wasn’t a lot of new news heading into the break. Danes were reminded to continue to social distance and keep gatherings under 10 people. The concern for adequate PPE continued.
The numbers on Day 23: 3757 infected, 517 hospitalized, 143 intensive care, 139 deaths.
Yeah! Saturday….or really any day over the last few weeks. The only difference is that the husband is home most of the day and there is no elearning.
Our Saturday was spent inventing new games, cleaning rooms, knocking down mole holes in the backyard and some online math.
That evening we had a special event.
The girls decided we needed a fancy meal. It involved us all getting dressed up (the husband even wore a tie), using fancy glasses (wine glasses) and talking “fancy”.
The husband and Claire even decided to act like servers. Avery and I were walked to the table and they served the meal to us.
We were sure to drink with our pinky fingers up.
The meal served was stegt flæsk, potatoes and green beans. The dessert was blueberries, vanilla cake and a drizzling of chocolate.
Oh so fancy…
More statistics were released by Statens Serum Institut (SSI). They reported that most of those killed by coronavirus were above 60 years old. Only four had died under the age of 60. ICUs were finding the patients on respirators are typically on one for over a week and also had an increased risk of dying. A Japanese heartburn medicine was beginning to be tested along with antibody sampling for those recovered from the virus.
Beer was poured into the sewers from some local bars due to expiration date.
Danes were asked to not hoard before Easter as grocery stores were asked to stay open over the Easter holiday (typically most stores are closed from Thursday thru Monday).
5999 Danes had been tested the day before for the virus.
The numbers on Day 24: 4077 infected, 507 hospitalized, 142 intensive care, 161 deaths.
Absolutely beautiful day! The sun was shining much of the day. We even got the hammock out. We spent much of the day fighting over it.
We also tried to play outside as much as possible. We went for a bike ride and practiced our cartwheels.
It was announced that there would be a big press conference by the prime minister the next day. Many rumors stated that the prime minister was likely to announce how Denmark would start to reopen. It was reiterated that Denmark could only open if Danes continued to social distance over the break and Easter. The media also stated that it would be a long time until (or if) life could return to “normal”.
Health authorities announced that a 30 minute test would be available after Easter. The goal would then be to test 15,000 Danes a day.
The numbers on Day 25: 4369 infected, 504 hospitalized, 144 intensive care, 179 deaths.
Monday. The start of Easter break. We slept in and enjoyed another gorgeous day. I set up a schedule for the girls and man, Claire really likes a schedule. We learned about the oceans using Scholastic learning, did online math and Danish, had an online play date and made multiple crafts.
We played more outside and the girls were sure to water the pavement…
BIG PRESS CONFERENCE!
The prime minister announced that it was time to slowly open Denmark. Very slowly. Day cares, preschools and elementary (K-5th) were being allowed to open. Many stipulations were to be added to this opening and more was to follow the next day. All other students would continue online.
All other closings and gathering bans were to stay in place until May 10th.
All large festivals and events are now banned until September.
Healthcare facilities will now be allowed to open back up to other surgeries to limit the bottleneck that will likely occur because of the focus on coronavirus.
A lot of questions and concerns followed into the evening…
The numbers on Day 26: 4681 infected, 503 hospitalized, 139 intensive care, 187 deaths.
We started the morning with a special delivery. I had ordered some craft kits from a local hobby shop in Denmark. I bought a clay craft, sewing craft, sidewalk chalk and foam clay.
I told them they could only choose one project per day and they chose the clay one. Claire created an ugly monster (that she did all on her own) and Avery made a unicorn (that I mostly did).
They were very happy with the results.
After our craft time and learning about hand-washing and hygiene care from Scholastics, we went outside.
It was a great day! Highs were around 70°F and winds were light. The sun was also shining bright.
We passed and dribbled a basketball for awhile until the girls decided it was warm enough to change into their swimsuits. Their mission=water balloon fight!
I thought it was WAY too cold to participate but I certainly enjoyed taking pictures and seeing their reactions.
It was a tumultuous day in Denmark. Many Danes either supported the school reopening or hated it. The ones who hated it stated that it was too soon and that the children should not be guinea pigs. The other side stated the lack of children hospitalized and how children were less likely to be severely sick from COVID-19. That it would help to build herd immunity in the country.
The rules for reopening were as followed:
1) Toys must be washable and washed twice a day (no toys from home)
2) Lunch, if possible, should be held outside
3) Desks should be 2 meters apart and preschoolers should try to sit 4 square meters apart
4) Hands should be washed at least every two hours (and entering school and bathroom breaks)
5) kids should play with the same small group of kids and interaction with other groups must be limited
There was also a lot of concern among households of children with or living with someone in the high risk group. The Health Department said these children could still attend school.
There were also questions on if a child who has a COVID-19 positive person in the same household should be allowed in school. SSI figured yes because family members should be cut off from the rest of the family if they are sick.
There was a lot of confusion for most of Denmark on this day.
Some good news was that the homeless were being given needed prescription drugs for free and 24 aircraft were delivering PPE from China. The National Guard was also called into the help direct traffic at recycling sites as so many Danes were turning up to recycle.
The numbers on Day 27: 5071 infected, 472 hospitalized, 127 intensive care, 203 deaths.
Today we learned about gravity. Avery had a hard time grasping it but Claire had the general idea.
They also picked out another craft that I had purchased. Monster dolls!
It took them over an hour to “sew” their monsters and it was awesome! The project let them work on their fine motor skills. It also taught them a little about patience.
It was also another wonderful day so we played outside, had an outdoor picnic and exploded a ziplock bag with baking soda and vinegar. Good day!
Denmark finally gave one unified statement on at risk children and those they interact with in their home environment. Ask your doctor. If your doctor says to stay home, keep the children home.
A new app was launched to help track the spread of COVID-19 through the country. A new study also suggested that the infection number could be 30-80 times higher. But it appeared the curve was flattening so Denmark decided to send help to Italy. They sent respirators, a field hospital and over one million dollars to the Italian Red Cross.
Concern for health professionals was continuing as 189 doctors and nurses in one area of Denmark had been infected. Lack of PPE continued to be a concern.
The numbers on Day 28: 5402 infected, 453 hospitalized, 127 intensive care, 218 deaths.
I mean….we’ve been in self quarantine so long the days all start to run together. We continue to keep the girls at home and hardly escape our property. If we do, it is to the beach or forest where it is easy to keep our distance from others.
The girls miss school so much. I miss them being in school. Mom does not make a good teacher along with being a housekeeper and chef (and now gardener).
I’m happy to hear that the curve is flattening here. We’re lucky it is a small country and there is a good amount of trust in the government and the scientist. Most Danes are following the restrictions. Yes, there are full hardware/outdoor stores. Some people do break the ban. However, most Danes are happy to look out for one another.
I have found online grocery shopping so that decreases my stress a bit. I’m just trying to figure out the groceries I need in Danish (no, not an expert yet).
Be safe friends! Social distancing works!
Link to the curve and statistics in Denmark: https://www.sst.dk/da/corona-eng/COVID-19-update_-statistics-and-charts