• Alysa Salzberg

What Iceland’s coronavirus testing can teach the rest of the world

There are some advantages to a small population. This is especially true right now, it turns out. While other countries are unable to test a majority of their citizens for coronavirus, Iceland is administering the test to most of its 364,000 citizens.


The results have been intriguing so far. As many other studies have hypothesized, it does seem that about half those who have tested positive for the disease show no symptoms. A vast majority of the remaining people infected with coronavirus only show cold-like symptoms.


This is one of the reasons that coronavirus has been able to spread so easily; without testing, seemingly healthy people can’t be hospitalized or quarantined.


Meanwhile, on mainland Europe, the small Italian town of Vo, close to where the virus first turned up in the country, has also tested most of its residents. The results are similar to what’s been discovered in Iceland. Additionally, the Italian study revealed that some people may not be completely virus-free after fourteen days.


Hopefully, these and other tested populations can help us learn more about coronavirus and find an effective way to fight it.


Read on to learn more about what test results have taught us about coronavirus so far.




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