Suspected coronavirus cases are being tested at home

Director of Health Bjørn GuldvogDirector of Health Bjørn Guldvog.Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

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Persons suspected of being infected with covid-19 should not seek medical attention. They are being tested at home.

Director Bjørn Guldvog of the Directorate of Health states that testing will be offered depending on the person’s medical history. The doctors considering this have a good foundation prepared by the Institute of Public Health (FHI) to find out who is necessary to test.

The authorities are urging people not to visit a GP if they have been in vulnerable areas, but rather contact their GP or emergency room via telephone.

So far, people who may have been infected will be sought out by medical personnel.

“It may eventually become ambulance doctors who drive around and seek out people in home quarantine to take samples. The British have almost developed a drive-thru system,” says Guldvog.

On Thursday, several Norwegian municipalities report that people have been quarantined, including 50 people in Oslo and 18 in Stavanger. According to NRK, people in at least nine counties are required to stay at home.

“National health authorities do not have a complete overview of how many people are in home quarantine,” Guldvog says.

“There is no record of all activity when it comes to healthy people being followed up in each municipality, but as soon as they get symptoms and outbreaks of disease, they are registered,” he adds.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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