7 votes Iceland's large-scale testing strategy includes people who don’t have any symptoms Posted March 23 by skybrian Tags: coronaviruses.covid19, iceland, healthcare, testing https://www.buzzfeed.com/albertonardelli/coronavirus-testing-iceland Link information This data is scraped automatically and may be incorrect. Title Everyone In Iceland Can Get Tested For The Coronavirus. Here's How The Results Could Help All Of Us. Word count 1659 words 1 comment Collapse replies Expand all Comments sorted by most votes newest first order posted relevance OK skybrian (OP) March 23 Link From the article: From the article: "Iceland’s population puts it in the unique position of having very high testing capabilities with help from the Icelandic medical research company deCode Genetics, who are offering to perform large scale testing," Thorolfur Guðnason, Iceland’s chief epidemiologist, told BuzzFeed News. "This effort is intended to gather insight into the actual prevalence of the virus in the community, as most countries are most exclusively testing symptomatic individuals at this time." Of 3,787 individuals tested in the country, a total of 218 positive cases have been identified so far. "At least half of those infected contracted the virus while travelling abroad, mostly in high-risk areas in the European Alps (at least 90)," the government said on Monday. Those numbers include the first results of the voluntary tests on people with no symptoms, which started last Friday. The first batch of 1,800 tests produced 19 positive cases, or about 1% of the sample. "Early results from deCode Genetics indicate that a low proportion of the general population has contracted the virus and that about half of those who tested positive are non-symptomatic,” said Guðnason. “The other half displays very moderate cold-like symptoms."