“There is no reason why Norwegians should panic for the coronavirus from China,” says Professor Ørjan Olsvik at UiT.
To the NRK, the professor of clinical microbiology at the University of Tromsø (UiT) points out that the virus has a significantly lower mortality rate than, for example, sars and mers.
“The mortality rate is 2 to 4 percent. And those who have died are generally older. The average age of patients has been 73 years, and the youngest – at 48 years – had cancer, as well. Many of these people died prematurely. They were not very healthy,” says Olsvik.
“In China, there are 53 million healthy people per person who have died as a result of the coronavirus.”
Olsvik believes there is no reason for Norwegians to panic.
– “Concerns and panic rarely produce results. After all, it is really about inflicting ourselves with a mental disorder if we are to go around being fearful of something that is far away and which is very unlikely to cause serious illness to many here in Norway,” says the professor.
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