More concern than with the swine flu

Norwegian Institute of Public HealthOSLO. Preben Aavitsland. Norwegian Institute of Public Health.Photo: Morten Holm / SCANPIX
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Infection protection expert and Chief Doctor Preben Aavitsland from the Institute of Public Health tells VG that the authorities are more concerned now than they were for the swine flu in 2009.

Aavitsland says there will be deaths from the coronavirus in Norway, but it is impossible to say how many.

32 people died of the swine flu 11 years ago in Norway.

– “Yes, we are significantly more concerned than in 2009. The risk of mortality for the individual infected appears to be significantly higher than with the swine flu. I think this will be very big,” Aavitsland tells VG.

For most people, the covid-19, caused by the coronavirus, is not dangerous or life-threatening, but for some it can be serious.

– “We know that there will be a difference in 1-2 weeks. If the patient gets worse after 1-2 weeks, they often get viral pneumonia far down in the lungs. It can damage the lungs and cause acute lung failure. Then the patient needs assistance in breathing. We also know that the risk to children and young adults is small. From the age of 60, it is increasing dramatically,” says the infection control expert.

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