FHI will test healthy individuals for the Coronavirus

Korona test center outpatient clinic Ullevål hospitalKorona test center outpatient clinic Ullevål hospital.Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix

Iceland has tested a sample of the entire population to find the dark numbers of how many are infected by the Coronavirus. FHI will do the same experiment in Norway.

Iceland has conducted 12,000 tests, which means that it is the only country in the world that has tested the largest proportion of their population. It provides answers to two questions: how many of those who appear to be infected actually have the virus, and how wide spread is the virus in society, writes NRK.

6,163 Icelanders without coronavirus symptoms have been tested and 52 of the samples were positive.

The Institute of Public Health has taken an interest to the Icelandic model. Today, those who have symptoms of respiratory infection and who are at risk, or who work in the health care system for testing, will be given priority.

– “It would be very useful to do a similar type of study in Norway. This is not just something we want to do, this is something that is going to be done. We are only working to get it in place with a view of implementation and financing,” says Frode Forland, Director of Infection Protection, FHI.

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