In early 2020, it was confirmed that a new coronavirus was identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is covid-19.
Sampling is currently targeted at people who, within 14 days of departure from all over China and Hong Kong, except Macau, northern Italy, Iran and South Korea, suffer from fever and respiratory symptoms and / or pneumonia. The health care system is prepared to care for people infected with the new coronavirus.
The samples for the coronavirus are analyzed and after the sample has been taken care of in the laboratory, it will take about 4-5 hours to get a test answer.
The spread of infection is believed to have initially occurred to humans from animals in a market in Wuhan. It is also judged that the spread of infection between people occurs to varying degrees.
– When a new virus is detected, it takes some time before we can safely assess how it is infected and how seriously it affects infected people. According to a recently published summary of the first cases, one-third of those affected had some form of other underlying disease when infected with the virus and those who had laboratory-confirmed infection developed a fifth of severe disease.
The symptoms this new coronavirus gives are similar to flu symptoms, including cough and shortness of breath. Furthermore, muscle pain, fever, fatigue and changes in pulmonary x-rays have been common.
– The timing of this new virus becoming known coincides with the fact that many people are currently getting regular seasonal flu. For those who fall ill and have not been in any of the affected areas or met with a certain case within 14 days, there is no reason to suspect that he or she received covid-19. Anyone who gets a fever and cough should, as usual, stay at home and try to recover. If it feels difficult to breathe or if you belong to a risk group, you can contact 1177 for advice from experienced nurses if you need to seek care and when and where to do it. If it is a life-threatening condition you should always consult the healthcase.