Iceland became the first country where a significant part of the population was tested on COVID-19 – 1% or 3787 out of 364 thousand. At the same time, scientists checked not only patients with symptoms, but just people from the street. About the study tells Buzzfeed News.
The coronavirus infection test score in Iceland was 10,405 per 1 million people, while 5,203 people per million were tested in South Korea, 2,478 per million in Italy, and 764 per million in the UK. In Russia, this figure is about 800 studies per million.
Mass testing of the population of Iceland for the presence of coronavirus took up the biotechnological company deCode Genetics. The study involved both coronavirus-infected and non-COVID-19-infected patients – this was done in order to find out the actual degree of infection of the population in the country, while usually citizens are tested only if they have symptoms of the disease.
As part of the study, doctors identified 218 cases of the disease among citizens – about 7% of the number of tests. At the same time, about half of people do not have any symptoms at all, another 20% have symptoms similar to a mild cold.
Experts note that the asymptomatic spread of coronavirus can significantly complicate the fight against it in the future.