About test results

If you have been tested for COVID-19, you can log in to Helsenorge to see your test results.

In addition to the result of the COVID-19 test, you will find the results of any other tests that have been performed. Rapid tests will also be shown here, even if you were told the result of them at the test centre.

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 to obtain a test result varies, but you will see it at the same time as it is sent from the test centre or laboratory to the doctor who requested the test.

In the case of ordinary tests, known as PCR tests or other similar methods, the result will be available within 1-4 days, while for rapid antigen tests, you will be able to see the test result as soon as it is ready and has been registered by the test station.

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.

Not received a test result?

Contact your GP if you have not received your test result within a reasonable period of time.

Printout of the test result

You can easily print out some test results yourself by selecting "View printer-friendly page" below the test result and printing the page.

If you cannot or do not wish to log in to Helsenorge, or if the button is not shown below the test result, you must contact your GP or the person who requested the test and ask for a printout of the test result.

Don't have a national ID number or D number?

If you do not have a national ID number or D number, you will not be able to log in and view your test results on Helsenorge. You must then agree with the testing sites how you will find out your test result.

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:
    • «påvist»
    • «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:
    • «inkonklusiv»
    • «usikker»
    • «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.

See also the updated infection control advice at FHI.no

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?

Both viruses and bacteria can cause respiratory infections, and your doctor will sometimes order other analyses in addition to SARS-CoV-2. This is done to find out whether there could be a different explanation other than COVID-19 if you have symptoms that suggest COVID-19 infection. You will find the test results when you log in.

Overview of all relevant COVID-19-related analyses:

  • SARS-CoV-2. Virus detection in sample from nose and/or throat.
    • SARS-CoV-2 RNA: the virus’s genetic material
    • SARS-CoV-2 antigen: parts of virus molecules, normally detected via a rapid antigen test
  • SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. Antibodies against coronavirus are detected in a blood sample. If antibodies are detected in your sample, this indicates that you have previously been infected by the virus or that you have been vaccinated. Your GP must assess what this test result means for you. Examples of such analyses are:
    • SARS-CoV-2 antibodies
    • SARS-Cov-2 IgG
    • SARS-Cov-2 IgM
  • Influenza A/Influenza B
  • Parainfluenza virus
  • RS virus (respiratory syncytial virus)
  • Human metapneumovirus
  • Adenovirus
  • Rhinovirus
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae
  • Chlamydia pneumoniae
  • Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough)

Find out more about the various methods used to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus and virus antibodies at fhi.no (in Norwegian).

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