Year of grant:
Heilsa - COVID-19 verkætlan
Korona í Føroyum – kanningar av smittutølum, sjúkueyðkenni og andevni hjá korona sjúklingum í Føroyum
Landssjúkrahúsið og onnur
Bjarni á Steig, Marnar Fríðheim Kristiansen, Sanna á Borg, Bodil H. Heimustovu, Tróndur Høgnason Mohr, Lars Fodgaard Møller, Hannes Gislason, Marin Strøm, Maria Skaalum Petersen, Guðrið Andorsdóttir, og Debes H. Christiansen
17/04/20 – 31/12/20
Grant from the FRC in DKK:
We suggest the following studies: a) To investigate the reproduction rate of COVID-19 and the development of the growth rate in relation to the double strategy of mitigation and containment in the Faroe Islands, where early calculations show R0 as being the lowest in Europe. R0 will also be determined directly using Individual level modelling. b) To estimate the case fatality rate and morbidity for COVID-19 in the Faroe Islands, where we anticipate few undiagnosed cases exist. Of note, the fatality rate in the Faroe Islands should be lower than eg. Italy, if arguments in the recent report in JAMA regarding age distribution, definition of COVID-19 related deaths and testing strategies are valid5. c) To undertake a large infrastructural investment in blood sampling of all individuals who are tested positive for COVID-19 and an equal number of controls who tested negative to investigate the SARS-CoV-2 specific antibody formation and development. This will form the basis for several research projects, e.g. ‘the duration of infectious period for COVID-19 patients and the duration of protection from re-infection’, ‘serological study of immunity level in a longer perspective.