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Instruc­tions for Per­sons Who Have Covid-19

This page has been updat­ed on May 2nd 2022

If you have a covid-19 infec­tion that has been ver­i­fied in a lab­o­ra­to­ry, Soite informs you about this via text mes­sage. Fol­low the instruc­tions that you are given.

If you get a pos­i­tive result in a home test and have no under­ly­ing dis­eases, have mild res­pi­ra­to­ry symp­toms and your gen­er­al con­di­tion is good and you do not need a med­ical cer­tifi­cate A for your employ­er, you do not usu­al­ly need to con­tact the health care ser­vices or to seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing in the health care services.

Your occu­pa­tion­al health unit or your health cen­tre may write a cer­tifi­cate for a five day sick leave based on a home test and your con­tact. If you need a med­ical cer­tifi­cate A for your employ­er for sick­ness allowance on account of an infec­tious dis­ease, a pos­i­tive result in a home test must be ver­i­fied in the health care ser­vices. If you need a med­ical cer­tifi­cate A, con­tact your occu­pa­tion­al health or your health cen­tre. The Infec­tion Con­trol Unit no longer writes these certificates.

A pos­i­tive result in a home test may be ver­i­fied in the health care ser­vices if the per­son who is ill

A pos­i­tive result in a coro­n­avirus test

A per­son who has been test­ed pos­i­tive for a coro­n­avirus infec­tion in Soite is sent a text mes­sage with instruc­tions. Read the instruc­tions care­ful­ly. The goal is to con­tact per­sons over the age of 60 by phone.

The iso­la­tion peri­od for a per­son who is ill at home is five days from the day of test­ing or the day the symp­toms have begun regard­less of the vac­ci­na­tion pro­tec­tion. The day of the test or the day the symp­toms have begun is day 0. Addi­tion­al coro­n­avirus tests are not nec­es­sary. Dur­ing home iso­la­tion, one must avoid all con­tact with per­sons out­side the home.

The iso­la­tion may be end­ed inde­pen­dent­ly when at least five days has passed since the symp­toms began, the fever is gone and oth­er symp­toms are clear­ly eas­ing. If severe symp­toms per­sist, the per­son who is ill must con­tact his/her own health care cen­tre or occu­pa­tion­al health unit in order to get sick leave. A dry cough or a change in your sense of smell/taste is not a rea­son for you to con­tin­ue isolation.

COVID-19 Home Tests

A pos­i­tive test result in a home test has to be treat­ed the same as a pos­i­tive result from an offi­cial test. The iso­la­tion peri­od for a per­son who is ill is at least 5 days from the day of test­ing or from the day the symp­toms have begun.

If a home test is neg­a­tive and you have symp­toms, it is a good idea to repeat the test sev­er­al days in a row or with two-day intervals.

Even if you get a neg­a­tive result in a home test, it does not mean that the incu­ba­tion peri­od is not ongo­ing and that the dis­ease may not be detect­ed lat­er. It is impor­tant that you avoid con­tact with oth­er peo­ple for at least five days if you have symptoms.

When you become ill:

Link: An assess­ment for a per­son who has COVID-19 and is at risk of an occlu­sion in a blood vessel

When Can One Return to Work after the Disease?

You may return to work after the iso­la­tion has end­ed, i.e. when 5 days have passed since coro­n­avirus test­ing and you no longer have a fever, and your oth­er symp­toms are sig­nif­i­cant­ly milder.

If you have been in hos­pi­tal, you must be in iso­la­tion at home until at least 10 days have elapsed from the onset of the symptoms.

Iso­la­tion does not need to con­tin­ue longer than this if the only symp­toms are a change in the sense of smell or taste or a mild dry cough.

Per­sons Who Live in the Same Household

If you live in the same house­hold with a per­son who has COVID-19 (home test/verified in a laboratory)

Per­sons Who Have Been Exposed to the Coronavirus

Per­sons who have been exposed to the coro­n­avirus are no longer ordered into quar­an­tine in accor­dance with the Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases Act. A per­son who has been exposed to the virus but has no symp­toms keeps an eye on his/her health status.

Symp­toms that fit the coro­n­avirus are: cough, head cold, sore throat, fever, mus­cle aches, headache and fatigue. If you have mild symp­toms, you can do a home test if you do not belong to a risk group. A pos­i­tive test result may be ver­i­fied in the health care ser­vices in above-men­tioned cas­es. You can book an appoint­ment for a coro­n­avirus test either elec­tron­i­cal­ly via the Omaolo ser­vice omaolo.fi or by phone via the coro­n­avirus helpline, phone 06 828 7499, Mon­day — Sun­day 8 am – 4 pm.

Inform­ing Close Con­tacts Who Have Been Exposed to the Coronavirus

Tell the per­sons you have been in close con­tact with about you becom­ing ill (a close con­tact is a con­tact of at least 30 min­utes indoors). Ask those who have been exposed to the virus to avoid con­tact with oth­er peo­ple for five days since the last time you met, to use an FFP res­pi­ra­to­ry mask or a sur­gi­cal face mask and to see to good hand hygiene when they meet oth­er peo­ple. A per­son infect­ed with the coro­n­avirus can infect oth­er peo­ple 48 hours before s/he gets symp­toms. Per­sons who are symp­tom-free do not need to go to a coro­n­avirus test or to con­tact the health care services.

Sick­ness Allowance on Account of an Infec­tious Dis­ease Com­pen­sates for the Loss of Income Dur­ing COVID-19

Kela can pay sick­ness allowance on account of an infec­tious dis­ease if an employ­ee has been ordered to be absent from work in order to pre­vent the spread of an infec­tious dis­ease, for exam­ple the coro­n­avirus. A guardian of a child under 16 years of age has the right to sick­ness allowance on account of an infec­tious dis­ease if the child has covid-19 and the guardian is unable to work from home.

The sick­ness allowance on account of an infec­tious dis­ease does not include a wait­ing peri­od: it is a full com­pen­sa­tion for the loss of income suf­fered because of absence from work. The amount of the allowance is based on the salary the employ­ee would have been paid had the employ­ee been at work. An entrepreneur’s allowance is based on the YEL or MYEL year­ly income at the time when the absence from work began (YEL = Self-Employed Per­sons’ Pen­sions Act; MYEL = Farm­ers’ Pen­sions Act).

In order to pay sick­ness allowance on account of an infec­tious dis­ease, Kela needs the deci­sion by the physi­cian in charge of com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases in the munic­i­pal­i­ty or hos­pi­tal dis­trict. Con­tact your occu­pa­tion­al health or your health cen­tre if you need a med­ical cer­tifi­cate A for your employer.

Expo­sure Sit­u­a­tions at Care Facil­i­ties and Nurs­ing Homes

In case of a coro­n­avirus expo­sure, the head of the unit must con­tact an infec­tious dis­eases nurse imme­di­ate­ly in order to pre­vent an epi­dem­ic at the med­ical care institution.

When Car­ing for a Per­son Who is Ill:

When Car­ing for a Sick Child:

Symp­toms in Chil­dren that Require Imme­di­ate Treatment:

The instruc­tions below apply always regard­less of the pathogen or under­ly­ing dis­ease. If your child becomes ill and devel­ops any of the fol­low­ing symp­toms, seek med­ical atten­tion as soon as possible: 

Clean­ing, Laun­dry and Cleanliness:

More infor­ma­tion on the web­site of the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare.

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