A coronavirus test for anyone? In Iceland, it’s possible.
But one of the challenges that has made the pandemic so difficult to control is that research increasingly suggests a large number of people infected with the virus may show no symptoms — as many as 25 percent, according to U.S. officials. That means that in places with limited testing, doctors and scientists know they are missing people who are infected with the virus — and may be spreading it to others.
So what if anyone could be tested?
That’s what scientists in Iceland are now trying to make happen — and they hope their approach could yield important insights that will not only help the country handle its own outbreak more efficiently, but also help researchers elsewhere.
In late February, Iceland confirmed its first case of the virus: a patient who had recently returned home after a trip to Italy. Over the next several weeks, as the pandemic seeped into communities around the world, other cases began to pop up across the island, home to about 364,000 people.
[Source: Washington Post]