Martin Mølhave is a medical student at Aarhus University. He wanted to go to Zambia during his summer vacation and work in a hospital there, but the pandemic changed his plans. Since May, Martin has been working at the Aarhus COVID-19 testing center. He is constantly monitoring the epidemiological situation in the region.
by Alena Rodicheva
A protective suit, gloves, and mask are Martin’s permanent work uniform. Sometimes it’s stuffy, but it’s safe. Every day dozens or even hundreds of people come to the Aarhus COVID-19 testing center. Each of them can potentially be infected. But for several months of work, Martin did not get sick. He continues to help doctors, as do many medical students in Aarhus.
Every Danish citizen and tourist can take the test for free. But Health authorities recommend contacting the center only if there are symptoms or recent contacts with people who are ill. Over the past few months, Martin has noticed a positive trend in the development of the epidemiological situation in Aarhus and believes that this was influenced by the number of tests performed. More than 2 million people across Denmark have been tested, and only about 17,000 tests, according Statens Serum Institut, have ever been positive. This is less than 1 percent of the country’s population.