FHI believes Norway can avoid a new wave of infection

Norwegian Institute of Public HealthNorwegian Institute of Public Health.Photo. FHI

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) believes that Norway will probably experience several minor peaks in the future, but that a larger wave of coronavirus infection can be avoided.

“What we hope for in the future is that we can stop smaller outbreaks and not get a major new infection peak,” says Frode Forland, a director at FHI.

He envisions a rocky road ahead where several smaller outbreaks must be fought, but where there is no need to use the “big sledgehammer.”

“We can use the little hammer,” says Forland.

FHI has previously feared that the virus may recover sharply after the first wave of infection has come under control, and that wave number two may become even more powerful.

But today we know more about how the infection can be kept under control, while at the same time the test capacity is significantly strengthened, explains Forland.

“What we have done has shown that it is possible to beat down the infection,” he says.

He nevertheless makes reservations that the virus may change and become more contagious.

Forland makes it clear that FHI does expect a spread of infection since the borders in Norway is too porous.

“We won’t eradicate this virus. And especially now when we open up for more travel, there is a greater risk that the infection will return,” says Forland.

“We are not Iceland or New Zealand,” he says.

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1 Comment on "FHI believes Norway can avoid a new wave of infection"

  1. vivien hill | 19. June 2020 at 03:20 | Reply

    no–you are not NZ
    Norway will never understand the difference.

    But you must protect your children..as the inevitable returning tides of co-vid occur—
    Kids first..

    To protect the economic ‘now’—is to put the children at risk.

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