“The effect of the coronavirus measures will only become visible no earlier than in two weeks,” says researcher of Infectious Deceases Arnoldo Frigessi. He predicts restrictions for two months.
– “It is very important not to lose hope, should the effect not look great in two weeks. The results are not going to look amazing. But it is important to remember that it probably would have been much worse without the restrictions,” Arnoldo Frigessi told the Klassekampen. He is a statistician and professor at the Center for Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Oslo.
If the measures have succeeded, in two weeks we will see a weaker growth in the number of hospital admissions, explains the professor, who follows the coronavirus epidemic closely.
As of Monday, 1,169 people were infected with the coronavirus in Norway, but there are large numbers of unknown people, since mostly only health professionals are being tested. Frigessi says hospital admissions will be one of the most important indicators of the scale of the epidemic. On Monday, a total of 52 coronavirus patients were hospitalized.
The professor believes that Norway must pass the height of hospital admissions before people can get back to school and work.
– “In my personal opinion, we may have to keep the restrictions for the next two months. The most important thing is to try to keep the number of the seriously ill at a level that the health care system can handle,” Frigessi says.
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