All Danes Can Be Tested for COVID-19

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The huge COVID-19 test centre in Copenhagen — one of five in the country

While Denmark has done an excellent job tackling the COVID-19 crisis and is now opening up and returning to normal, all Danes are being offered a COVID test to see if you have it — or have had it.

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Yesterday, I logged on to the website for the tests. I had been randomly selected by the health authorities. In under three minutes, I had selected a time slot for the next day — today — and it was as easy as booking a table at a restaurant.

On the website it says:

Here’s the website if you live in Denmark: http://coronaprover.dk.

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Waiting in line for the text

I rode my bike ten minutes to the test centre — one of five in the nation. I know that in other parts of the country, many people are far from one of them, but it’s convenient in the capital. There are two sections: one for testing to see if you have COVID-19 and another to see if you have already had it without knowing.

I parked my bike at the entrance where a friendly, young soldier asked if I’d had any symptoms in the past 48 hours and then sent me in to the military-style tent labyrinth. I waited in line a bit and then was waved over by the medical personnel. The young woman scanned my health card and I was told to stand on a red X on the floor. Her colleague swabbed my throat — yuck — and then said I could log in to the national health portal in 72 hours to check my results.

Some of the medical staff had full protective gear on, others just had a mask, gloves and the kind of glasses I use when shooting fireworks at new years. The soldier was wearing a facemask, as well, but nobody else. Like in the rest of the Nordic and Baltic states, facemasks were never recommended by the authorities so you never see them anywhere.

I was in and out in ten minutes and it was a totally chill vibe. I cracked jokes with the two young women at my test station. They sent me on my way with a cheery “”.

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The drive-in section of the test centre.

There’s a drive-in option as well, for those who live in the suburbs. I wish I had ordered that option when booking the appointment and rode through on my bike. Someone else try it! You can read more about the Danish health system -and life in Denmark in this article: Lap Dansk — an unexpected life in Denmark.

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Now it’s time to ride down to my local wine bar, where life has returned to normal, and raise a glass to Danish efficiency and the Nordic model.

Urban playmaker, designer, host of The Life-Sized City tv series about urbanism. Author of “Copenhagenize”. Impatient Idealist.

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