The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 13 May 2020

Testing, vaccination, and treatment

Testing, vaccination, and treatment

  • Who should be tested for a current COVID-19 infection?

    Testing for COVID-19 is always organised in accordance with regional and local guidelines. The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends everyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to take a test in order to find out if they have a current COVID-19 infection. We also recommend testing to take place in cases of contact tracing or screening. The test should be taken even if you don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19.

    In a situation where the number of suspected cases exceeds the capacity of healthcare services for testing, a special prioritisation is recommended. For more information: Provtagningsindikation för covid-19 (in Swedish).

    The Government has commissioned the Public Health Agency of Sweden to produce a national strategy for increased testing and analysis of COVID-19 (in Swedish), with more information about the recommendations regarding testing.

    Updated: 6/26/2020 12:44:28 PM

  • Listen

    The Public Health Agency is doing a survey in Stockholm to assess the level of COVID-19 in the community. In early April, approximately 4000 people were asked if they wanted to participate by providing samples. Participation is voluntary.

    This survey is one way of gathering information about the number of people in the community infected with COVID-19. Since people with mild symptoms are asked to stay at home, mainly patients with severe symptoms are being tested when admitted to hospital.

    It is not possible to sign up for this survey. Participants are randomly selected from the Public Health Agency's regular survey panel. Results are expected in early May. A similar, smaller survey has been done previously in Stockholm.

    More information is available here (in Swedish).

    Updated: 5/13/2020 1:26:41 PM

  • Listen

    So-called serological tests are being developed. They detect antibodies in the blood and can be used in order to find out if a person has had an infection with the new coronavirus. There are no reliable tests of this kind available yet. When they become available, they will primarily be used for testing healthcare and social care staff.

    Serological tests are not useful during the acute illness, since they only, after some time of infection, detect whether someone has, or has had COVID-19.

    Updated: 5/13/2020 1:27:49 PM

  • Listen

    There is currently no vaccine and no approved medicine against COVID-19. Any treatment given in severe cases of illness serves to support the patient’s lungs and other internal organs.

    Research on pharmacological treatments and a vaccine against COVID-19 is conducted ongoing in Sweden and internationally. The Swedish Medical Products Agency collaborates with its European and global counterparts in these efforts.

    Updated: 5/13/2020 1:31:16 PM