– They should have closed the whole business a long time ago. Bijorn Myer Lund tells Doclad that the fact that they did not put the hook on the door until further notice came was a hand-me-down to the Nepalese authorities.
Lund today responds harshly to the epidemic drama now unfolding in the Himalayas: several confirmed corona cases in the base camp of Mount Everest have caused fear among climbers. It is speculated whether one is facing a major explosion.
At least 17 cases of infection have already been confirmed. Many of them have already been sent to hospitals.
– People do anything
– The importance of being on top of Everest is great in many contexts. People do anything to achieve it. Lund says we see this in practice now.
Experienced mountaineer points out that the journey to Mount Everest was first life-threatening: more than 300 people have died trying to climb the mountain since 1922. Bodies that have been lying there for decades still appear. At the latest time in 2019, a total of ten people died in a week.
– You normally risk a lot at that height. Lund says that in a situation where the lungs represent everything, someone is willing to expose themselves to a virus that infects the lungs, which is incomprehensible.
– It is about man and what some are willing to sacrifice.
Lund works daily as an anesthesiologist and is currently vaccinated against Govt-19.
After he and Odd Eliasson climbed Mount Everest in the mid-80s, he firmly believed that interest would wane. On the contrary, it is shot.
– Mount Everest is the strongest brand in the world when it comes to outdoor life. Of course, it is worrying when so many lives are lost. People are not ashamed to leave anything.
– Cough everywhere
Lucas Furtenbach, president of Furtenbach Adventures, is currently in base camp. He said BBC People cough everywhere.
– It’s not just regular cough climbers who come here. Furnenbach says you understand that people have pain and other symptoms such as fever and body aches.
According to tourism officials, 394 permits have been issued for mountaineering this season. It is not clear how many people are in the base camp at this time.
Mountaineer Jorn Myer Lund is well aware of this climbing host.
– Coughing and irritation of the airways in thin air is very common. This further underscores how difficult it is to distinguish this from coronary heart disease – which is even more dangerous.
What if he was at risk of retreating himself during an epidemic?
– No, you Eastia !?
No test capability
Nepal is currently severely affected by Govt-19. On Sunday, 7,137 new cases of infection were registered. So far 336,030 people have been affected in the border country of India.
All flights from Nepal and domestically have been suspended for a week and a half, while the country is trying to reduce the epidemic.
The corona virus put an end to the Everest season last year. In mid-March this year, for the first time since the outbreak of the epidemic, Nepalese authorities opened it to climbers.
According to the BBC, there is a strong preference for testing opportunities in relation to basecamp. However, this could not be kept.
– We have requested a test station, but the authorities have said that they will not allow us to set it up, says Basecamp doctor Prakash Karel.
Many large travel groups have used their own experiments. This has helped somewhat in the detection and isolation of the infection, but the situation has been described as more challenging.