Norwegians less worried about getting coronavirus

High level of trust that people are following health regulations

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A young man wearing a face mask waits for a bus in Bergen.


In a new study, 39% of those asked say they are worried about being infected with the coronavirus. That number is lower than in August, when it was at its peak.

The highest percentage was reached the week of Aug. 10, when 46% said they were worried about infection, according to the Norwegian coronavirus monitor at Opinion.

“It will soon be six months since Norway shut down. We are just as worried about the coronavirus as we were in March, but we reached peak worry in August,” said Opinion senior adviser Nora Clausen.

In the new study, 24% of the populations say that they trust that most people in Norway follow the advice and guidelines to avoid infection. A majority, 55%, answered “no”  to this, while the remainder answered “don’t know.” Trust has fallen each month from May  to August, and by the second week of August, it was only 16%.

“Most people still do not trust that most people are avoiding getting infected. Just the same, the trend is not showing that we are now starting to trust each other a little more,”  said Clausen.

Translated by Andy Meyer

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 18, 2020, issue of The Norwegian American.

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