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. Tests which are not carried out by a medical microbiological laboratory, such as rapid tests for COVID-19, will not be available here.

Quarantine

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 a few days. You will not be notified when the test results become available via the service.

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 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. You must remain in isolation until at least eight days after you first became ill and at least three days after the symptoms have completely disappeared.

See also the updated infection control advice at FHI.no

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.

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.

What if you don't understand the test results?

If your test result says anything other than "proven" («påvist») or "not proven" («ikke påvist»), you may need to be retested. This can apply if it says for example:

  • "See comment" («se kommentar») and a sentence that can be difficult to understand
  • "Inconclusive" («inkonklusivt»)
  • Something else that may be difficult to understand

If you receive such a test result, you must take a new corona test. If you have questions about the test result, you can contact your doctor.

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
  • SARS-CoV-2 antibodies
  • Influenza A/Influenza B
  • Parainfluenza virus
  • RS virus (Respiratory syncytial virus)
  • Human metapneumovirus
  • Adenovirus
  • Rhinovirus
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae
  • Chlamydia pneumoniae
  • Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough)