Norway is one of the world's richest countries. It's also completely unprepared for coronavirus. And now officials are finally crying for help.
Norway, a place where politicians can create fictitious travel bills and rake in thousands of dollars.
Norway, where a health worker at Oslo University Hospital (that came back from Italy in late February 2020) asked to be tested for SARS-CoV-2 but was denied due to the fear of running out of test tubes.
Norway, where the same health worker has infected more than six co-workers, where 280 employees are put in quarantine, where 400 patients might have been infected, where Norway’s leading eye clinic had to partially shut down.
Norway, where a family of four that came back from a coronavirus-infected hotel on Tenerife were not put in quarantine and where no one knows if they were ever tested.
Norway, where health director Bjørn Guldvog was questioned about why Norway isn’t doing more to prevent coronavirus spread and answered:
Gevinsten vi kan få på helsesiden må stå i forhold til de samfunnsmessige kostnadene.
The health benefits must be compared to the societal costs.
His answer came when all Norwegians became $10,000 poorer due to the decrease in value of the Government Pension Fund of Norway.
Norway, where health officials that said we were prepared for coronavirus in January 2020, are now crying for help as Norway is running out of protective gear and test kits.
Norway, where the healthcare system is already overloaded, lacks respirators, lacks isolation rooms, and lacks intensive care personnel.
Norway, where health officials said on national TV (yesterday) that 40% of the Norwegian population can be infected with the virus.
As fatality rates are debated and can range from 0.4% up to 4%, here are four different potential outcomes:
Norway, where health director Bjørn Guldvog said yesterday: “We have to evaluate our preparedness.”
Norway, which has a total of 48 confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 and climbing.
Norway, my country, will soon have its citizens’ blood on its hands.
This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.