Monday, January 17

Quick test in the nose or mouth? That is the big talk of the health authorities in Europe now.

Have you heard of someone who tests negatively on quick tests in the nose, but positively when the stick is taken in the mouth? FHI is now considering whether we should test differently in Norway to find omicrons.

A quick test in the mouth can be a better method for detecting the omicron variant early – than by testing in the nose.

On Wednesday, representatives from the public health authorities in all countries in Europe met. Main theme was quick tests and omicron. That’s the big topic of discussion out there right now. How effective are the rapid tests in detecting the new virus variant? And are we testing properly?

Joakim Øverbø is a doctor at the National Institute of Public Health. He attended the European Cooperation Meeting.

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