the Statens Serum Institute is now asking the citizens to help monitor the spread of the coronavirus.
the Institute hopes that up to 15,000 danes will join the so-called Influmeter, where the weekly will answer questions about symptoms of illness.
- We would like to have an impression of what the infection is out in the community. Also, among those who do not go to the doctor, but just stay at home, because they are halvsyge, says deputy permanent secretary Tyra Grove Krause.
Influmeter is an existing program for monitoring of different types of flu among the danes.
The program is extended so that it also includes the coronaviruses.
Thursday morning is 1132 danes found infected with the coronavirus. But the figure says nothing about the real number of infected people in the community.
It is only the seriously ill, being tested for coronaviruses.
the Authorities do not know how many danes who are infected with the virus, but just a bunch of half-slack and bedridden at home.
There comes Influmeter into the picture.
Citizens who sign up for the program, you will be asked to indicate if they have been sick for the past week.
You must then say if they have had a number of symptoms.
- We will follow the symptoms people have, and probably make a case definition of Covid19 (the disease resulting from the corona virus, red.).
- It will be a combination of several different symptoms that must be present, in order to assess whether there has been Covid19, says Tyra Grove Krause.
It can be difficult to distinguish between Covid19 and other types of flu, symptoms can remind a lot about each other.
nevertheless there are differences, as you will ask for.
- Experience says that Covid19 need not be so sudden onset like the flu. And it is not all of them have so high fever, which otherwise is characteristic for flu, says Tyra Grove Krause.
in addition to Influmeter working Statens Serum Institut also on a second front in order to get a better overview of the spread of infection.
Here is a sample of the country's practitioners stikprøvevist provide testing to residents with mild symptoms of the virus.
You can read more on influmeter.dk.