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Volume 27, Number 3—March 2021
Research

Epidemiology and Clinical Course of First Wave Coronavirus Disease Cases, Faroe Islands

Marnar F. KristiansenComments to Author , Bodil H. Heimustovu, Sanna á Borg, Tróndor Høgnason Mohr, Hannes Gislason, Lars Fodgaard Møller, Debes H. Christiansen, Bjarni á Steig, Maria Skaalum Petersen, Marin Strøm, and Shahin Gaini
Author affiliations: National Hospital of the Faroe Islands, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands (M.F. Kristiansen, B.H. Heimustovu, S. á Borg, T.H. Mohr, B. á Steig, S. Gaini); Ministry of Health COVID-19 Task Force, Tórshavn (M.F. Kristiansen, B.H. Heimustovu, B. á Steig); University of the Faroe Islands, Tórshavn (M.F. Kristiansen, H. Gislason, M.S. Petersen, M. Strøm, S. Gaini); Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Tórshavn (L.F. Møller); Faroese Food and Veterinary Authority, Tórshavn (D.H. Christiansen); The Faroese Hospital System, Tórshavn (M.S. Petersen); Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark (M. Strøm); Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark (S. Gaini); University of Southern Denmark, Odense (S. Gaini)

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Table

Occurrence, characteristics, and symptoms of 187 coronavirus disease cases during March 3–May 8, 2020, Faroe Islands*

Variable COVID-19 cases
All cases Sex
Age range, y
Male Female 0–17 18–64 >65
All cases 187 88 (47.1) 99 (52.9) 24 (12.8) 143 (76.5) 20 (10.7)
Cases/100,000 population 357 324 393 184 478 218
Cases tested by RT-PCR 6,957 3,091 (45.5) 3,866 (54.5) 1,132 (19.3) 4,965 (68.4) 860 (12.3)
RT-PCR tests/100,000 population
13,339
11,377
15,305

8,660
16,597
9,381
Reported symptoms
Asymptomatic 21 (11.2) 11 (12.5) 10 (10.1) 6 (25.0) 9 (6.3) 6 (30.0)
Fever 118 (63.1) 55 (62.5) 63 (63.6) 12 (50.0) 94 (65.7) 12 (60.0)
Cough 83 (44.4) 47 (53.4) 36 (36.4) 4 (16.7) 71 (49.7) 8 (40.0)
Headache 89 (47.6) 36 (40.9) 53 (53.5) 5 (20.8) 78 (54.5) 6 (30.0)
Sore throat 56 (29.9) 24 (27.3) 32 (32.3) 3 (12.5) 51 (35,7) 2 (10.0)
Dyspnea 20 (10.7) 7 (8.0) 13 (13.1) 1 (4.2) 19 (13.3) 0 (0.0)
Loss of smell or taste† 63 (33.7) 23 (26.1) 40 (40.4) 3 (12.5) 56 (39.2) 4 (20.0)
Fatigue† 26 (13.9) 11 (12.5) 15 (15.2) 0 (0.0) 23 (16.1) 3 (15.0)
Rhinorrhea† 44 (23.5) 21 (23.9) 23 (23.2) 4 (16.7) 35 (24.5) 5 (25.0)
Body aches† 36 (19.3) 22 (25.0) 14 (14.1) 1 (4.2) 30 (21) 5 (25.0)
Chest tightness† 15 (8.0) 8 (9.1) 7 (7.1) 1 (4.2) 14 (9.8) 0 (0.0)
Diarrhea† 11 (5.9) 2 (2.3) 9 (9.1) 2 (8.3) 6 (4.2) 3 (15.0)
Abdominal pain† 11 (5.9) 4 (4.5) 7 (7.1) 3 (12.5) 4 (2.8) 4 (20.0)

*Values are no. (%) except as indicated. COVID-19, coronavirus disease; RT-PCR, reverse transcription PCR.
†Only recorded when mentioned by patients. Other symptoms were systematically collected.

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