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What should you do if you are an adult/adolescent with newly-arisen respiratory tract symptoms?
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Symptoms of respiratory tract infections can begin with vague symptoms such as headache and blocked nose or more classic influenza-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat and decreased general condition. The symptoms may be caused by COVID-19.
It is especially important that you stay at home with the first symptoms of an acute respiratory tract infection, as you are most contagious the first few days with symptoms. Vague symptoms can be difficult to interpret, but testing for SARS-CoV-2 is recommended before going to school/work.
- Download flow chart Newly-arisen respiratory tract symptoms (pdf and png)
- For advice about children with newly-arisen respiratory tract infections, see Children and adolescents
Advice for adolescents or adults with newly-arisen respiratory tract symptoms
- Stay at home
- With vague symptoms, you can go to work/school on the same day if you test negative for SARS-CoV-2. If symptoms worsen or become more pronounced, go home and take a new test. Employees in the health and care services should follow the advice here: Bruk av personlig beskyttelsesutstyr ved normal hverdag med økt beredskap
- You should be tested for coronavirus
- Testing for SARS-CoV-2 should be arranged by the public sector, either as a self-test provided by the municipality or at a test centre using a PCR test or rapid antigen test.
- Those you live with do not have to stay at home, even if they work in the health service.
- If you are defined as a close contact with a household member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and you experience symptoms, stay at home and take a test.
- It is free for everyone staying in Norway to test for COVID-19 at municipal test centres. This also applies to people without a social security number (without legal residence / undocumented migrants). Healthcare professionals have a duty of confidentiality and cannot pass on information about you and your health.
More information on testing and health care for people without legal residence in several languages (Helsenorge)
If you are sick and need medical attention, or need health advice, contact your doctor by telephone or online.
- If you need more acute medical help and cannot reach your doctor, call the emergency out-of-hours clinic (116 117).
- For acute, life-threatening illness, call 113.
About your coronavirus test
Both self-testing with rapid antigen tests at home or testing at a test centre can be used. Rapid antigen tests give a result within half an hour and PCR tests usually give results within 1-2 days.
If you are going to use a rapid antigen test, it is recommended to use tests that are clinically evaluated and recommended by the EU for use in the pandemic.
Contact a doctor if you become ill or need medical help while waiting for an answer.
If you have a positive COVID-19 test result
- With a positive result you shall be in isolation.
- A positive self-test should be confirmed at a test centre
- You should inform your municipality about your test result
See advice to those who are isolated:
If you have a negative COVID-19 test result
- With vague symptoms, you can go to school/work on the same day, but if you feel worse/ have more obvious symptoms, you should go home and consider taking another test. Employees in the health and care services should follow the advice here: Bruk av personlig beskyttelsesutstyr ved normal hverdag med økt beredskap
- If the symptoms disappear completely after a day, you can also return to work, school, use public transport, etc.
- In case of persistent symptoms, stay at home until you feel better, the symptoms are in decline and you have been fever-free for 24 hours. In most cases, you should stay home for a few days. Mild residual symptoms such as runny nose, mucus, hoarseness and some coughing are fine.
- In case of more severe or persistent symptoms, consult a doctor, including whether testing for other respiratory tract infections is necesary.
Information for the general public
Information helpline for questions about coronavirus: 815 55 015 (weekdays 08-15.30)
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration has answers to many frequently asked questions about travelling to Norway, and a helpline 23351600 that is open on weekdays from 10:00-14:00.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also has answers to many frequently asked questions.
If you need acute medical attention, contact your doctor. If you cannot reach your doctor, contact the emergency out-of-hours clinic on 116117. If life is in danger, call 113.