Low mortality of Covid-19 in Norway

Bærum hospitalSandvika.Bærum hospital.Photo: Audun Braastad / NTB scanpix

New figures show that the death rate among corona infected in Norway is much lower than estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In mid-April, the WHO reported that 6 per cent of all those with corona infections had died. In Norway, the figure was 2.62 per cent a week later, and now the mortality rate is as low as 0.2 per cent, writes Aftenposten.

Blood tests from nearly 400 people in the Oslo area show that fewer than two in a hundred have antibodies to coronavirus. This indicates that only a small part of the population has been infected with coronavirus, the Institute of Public Health (FHI) writes in an article.

“That means there aren’t huge unreported numbers. That’s what we were most excited about,” John T. Vaage tells the newspaper. He is Professor and Head of the Department of Immunology and Transfusion Medicine at Oslo University Hospital.

Several tests remain to be done before he will say exactly how many have been infected, but if 2 per cent of the population has been infected, it means that fewer than 107,000 have been infected with coronavirus in Norway. The figure is probably lower since all the tests were done in Oslo.

And if the 2 per cent estimate is true, around 0.2 per cent of those infected have died, Aftenposten writes.

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3 Comments on "Low mortality of Covid-19 in Norway"

  1. I’m not sure how this article arrives at such a conclusion. The death rate is 232 with 32 recovered today May 14 on worldometers.info Nearly 8000 are still infected. If the death rate is extrapolated across the whole number of infections then the death toll will be 7194. Obviously the more infections, the more deaths. Norways treatment is terrible. At 87.8787% dying and just 12.1212% survival rate. Don’t get covid 19 in Norway.

  2. Norway’s Recovered is very likely not an accurate figure, Rob. Britain has given up trying to keep track of Recovered: “N/A”

    New infections are as far down as deaths overall, compared with Sweden especially.

    I remember reading about Akershus university Hospital/Sykehus “rolling” patients, and it sounds like Postural Drainage – a pro-active technique of using gravity (and plenty of liquids drunk) to keep the infection/crud flowing out of the lungs before it jells and/or solidifies.

    (I sent a diagram of this (old, it turns out) technique to an Akershus doctor, and I wonder ….)

    Thanks to the extreme lockdown, our health people have been able to keep ahead of the epidemic, but if the authorities – Line Vold, Kamilla Stoltenberg, Bent Høie, and Erna (Solberg) – aren’t going to insist on people wearing even homemade facemasks out in public, the infection/epidemic is going to take off again even worse, and the success (and sacrifices) of the lockdown will be thrown away.

  3. Recovery rate is not tracked in Norway at all, so how many are still infected is unknown

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