Not impressed: Researcher Frode Strisland is skeptical about the usefulness of Norway’s infection control app

Smittestopp appPhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB
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The fact that so few Norwegians have downloaded the new Smittestopp app makes it unsuitable for supplementing manual infection tracking, according to a Sintef researcher.

Monday figures from the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) showed that just over 217,000 people had downloaded the health authorities’ new infection tracking app since its launch on December 21. 

A total of 114 people have reported being infected.

That does not impress Sintef researcher Frode Strisland.

“The app can randomly detect some cases, but probably not so many,” he told newspaper Klassekampen.

Strisland believes that two thirds of Norwegian must actively use the app when going outside in order for it to be helpful from a public health perspective.

The FHI says that they are prepared for the fact that it may take a while to establish the app’s usefulness, but they want far more people both to have the app on their phone and use it. 

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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