The coronavirus is less prevalent, but more deadly

Corona testingCorona testing.Photo: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB scanpix

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FHI estimates that just over 0.5 percent of Norwegians have been infected by the coronavirus so far. Thus, the virus is more deadly for those infected.

– The indications indicate that these dark numbers have been lower than we thought, says Professor Birgitte Freisleben de Blasio of the Institute of Public Health (FHI) to NRK.

She confirms that it means that mortality is higher. The FHI believes that mortality is more than twice as high as previously assumed.

In their May 15 report, it is estimated that between 0.58 and 0.73 percent of Norwegians have been infected with the coronavirus. This comprises between 32,000 and 40,000 people and is down from previous estimates of 1 percent infected.

Of all those infected with the virus, including those not identified by testing, the institute expects 0.7 per cent to die, up from the previous estimate of 0.3 per cent.

Also, the calculations of how many infected people need hospitalisation made a jump. FHI now expects 3.9 percent of all infected people to become so ill that they need hospital treatment.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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1 Comment on "The coronavirus is less prevalent, but more deadly"

  1. If “herd immunity” *can* be achieved with this thing at 60% of the population, that’s 3 million times 0.007 = 21,000 dead.

    And despite my 5 – no less – “eligibilities,” I don’t plan on being one of them.

    Take care, everyone.

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