FHI: Two factors can contribute to a winter infection wave in Norway

Preben AavitslandPhoto: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB

Several factors can contribute to a wave of infections this winter, including mutations and the fact that the coronavirus spreads more easily in the winter, FHI chief physician Preben Aavitsland warns.

“We are on guard against a possible winter wave,” Aavitsland told ABC News.

The trend of infection in Norway is rising. In the last seven days, an average of 505 corona infection cases has been registered per day. The corresponding average seven days ago was 393.

Just under 4.2 million Norwegians have received the first dose of the corona vaccine, while just over 3.7 million have been fully vaccinated.

“Those who choose not to be vaccinated must consider how much risk they want to take on. The virus will always be here, so in the long run, it will probably take a lot to avoid the virus. Then the question is whether they want to face the virus completely unprotected,” Aavitsland said.

The health authorities advise people over the age of 65 to get a third dose of the vaccine. The same applies to those with severe immune deficiency.

Corona vaccines do not provide full protection against COVID-19, but they reduce the risk of infection and serious illness.

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