About test results
If you have been tested for COVID-19, you can log in to Helsenorge to see your test results.
You will also find the results of tests for other viruses and bacteria linked to COVID-19 which could give rise to respiratory infection. The results will be available as soon as they have been analysed and returned from the laboratory. Rapid tests will also be shown here, even if you have been told the result at the place where you were tested.
Please note that even if you do not test positive for COVID-19, you may still have to go into or remain in quarantine.
When will my test results be available?
The length of time it takes for test results to become available varies, but you will have access to them as soon as they are sent to the doctor who requested them, normally within 1-4 days.
Notice that the test result is ready
If you have consented to Full access, you will be notified notification by SMS or e-mail, or both, depending on what you have chosen - and a message in the Inbox when your test result is ready. When you receive the message, you can go directly to the Test results service instead of via the inbox.
You can still use the service if you have consented to Basic access, but you will not be notified that the test result is ready.
Who else will be able to see my test results?
Healthcare professionals who need see your results in order to treat you will be able to access your COVID-19 test results in your summary care record.
All searches for test results in summary care records are logged.
What the test results tell you
What if you don't understand the test results?
If you do not understand your test result, your GP can help you. The result of the test can be written in different ways:
- This means that the coronavirus was detected by the test, and you have been infected by covid-19:
- «positiv» or «pos»
- This means the test did not detect coronavirus at the time the sample was taken:
- «ikke påvist»
- «negativt» or «neg»
- This means that the sample cannot be interpreted, and you will probably have to be tested again:
- «svakt positiv»
- «grenseverdi» or «gråsone»
- «reaktiv» or «ØD»
If you have questions about the test result, you can contact your GP.
Positive result: Coronavirus was detected
This means that the coronavirus was detected in the sample, and you have COVID-19.
What should I do if I test positive?
You should contact your GP for advice which is specific to you and your circumstances. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must go into isolation, either at home, a health institution or another suitable place. Home isolation applies to people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are likely to be infected, but do not need to be admitted to hospital. Updated information about remaining in isolation can be found here.
What should I do if someone I live with tests positive for COVID-19?
You must go into quarantine if this applies to you. Most people who go into home quarantine are healthy, but have been in a situation where they could have become infected. The aim of quarantine is to avoid infecting other people while there is a possibility you are infected, even though you do not feel ill. Anyone who tests positive should follow specific advice regarding isolation.
Negative result: Coronavirus was not detected
This means that coronavirus was not detected when the sample was taken.
What should I do if I have tested negative for COVID-19?
If you have symptoms of acute respiratory infection, such as fever, a cold or flu, stay at home until you are symptom-free. If you need help, call your doctor. You should otherwise follow the advice and measures that apply to everyone regarding good cough and hygiene practices, keeping your distance, etc. If you are already in quarantine, you should complete your quarantine period even if the test is negative.
Inconclusive result: The test result is uncertain
This means that it is not possible to tell if there was coronavirus in the sample, or if you are infected with COVID-19. You will probably be tested again.
Which viruses and bacteria do the results show?
The following are defined as COVID-19 related viruses and bacteria. The list will be updated as and when necessary:
- SARS-CoV-2 DNA/RNA
- SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. A test that detects antibodies to the coronavirus indicates that you have been infected with the virus and that your body has reacted by producing antibodies. Your GP must consider what such a test result means to you.
- Influenza A/Influenza B
- Parainfluenza virus
- RS virus (Respiratory syncytial virus)
- Human metapneumovirus
- Mycoplasma pneumoniae
- Chlamydia pneumoniae
- Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough)