22 May Smittestopp (Digital contact tracing)
The coronavirus has proven to be highly contagious. The best way reduce its harm to people and society is to slow its spread. Contact tracing is an important tool in this work. When a person is diagnosed with the infection, contact tracing typically involves interviewing the patient to identify everyone they have been in recent contact with. The process is time-consuming, inaccurate, and far too often inadequate.
Digital solution – The “Smittestopp” app automates large parts of the contact tracing process, and thereby lead to faster and more accurate results. Those who have been in close contact with an infected person will quickly be notified and asked to isolate themselves to avoid further infection.
Reducing pressure on healthcare system – Rapid response to new cases of infection is critical in slowing the spread of the virus. This in turn will reduce the pressure on the health service and lead to better treatment for patients, both those suffering from COVID-19 as well as those with other ailments.
Individual contribution – by using the app, you contribute directly to public health efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and to safely lift some of the social distancing measures and restrictions currently in place.
The responsible institution for the app is the Norwegian Institute of Public Health – NIPH – FHI.