There seems to be an almost unlimited demand for information about the corona and how the authorities do their job. Trondheim's website shows, among other things, age, gender, the country in which the inhabitants lived, if relatives were infected and so on.
- There is a big advantage to that. Although we managed to reduce the infection rate quickly in Trondheim, the danger is not over. We can have many small local outbreaks and in this way the public becomes more cautious, says Health and Welfare Director Helge Garåsen in Trondheim.
The Norwegian Social Board in Oslo also has no objections to the publications.
- We have placed tremendous importance on openness about covid-19, also that we have been uncertain about our choice of strategy, says Health Director Bjørn Guldvog to SVT News.Designations and conspiracy theories
Garåsen points out that there is a delicate balance between sharing information and pointing out individuals. He notes that it is tough for senior housing employees to see their workplaces on the front pages of newspapers, but previous crises have shown that openness is the only sensible thing. By being detailed, the crisis gets a face and he does not believe it will lead to stigmatization in society.
- I actually think the opposite, if you have a culture of openness it creates trust and we depend on the public's confidence to solve our tasks, at the same time we avoid conspiracy theories and rumors, explains Helge Garåsen.Do not want to review Sweden's strategy
With the facts in hand so far, Norway has succeeded better with the fight against viruses. In Norway, 237 people have died in covid-19, in Sweden more than 4,200 lives have been required
- It will be exciting to see how it develops. My advice to Sweden is to cultivate a culture of openness so that you create an understanding of what you do and why you do it.