Instruc­tions for When You Sus­pect a Coro­n­avirus Infection

How to pre­vent the coro­n­avirus? (THL)

The region­al recommendations

Инструкция: Так Вы будете правильно пользоваться маской для лица 

إرشادات: هكذا تستخدم كمامة الوجه بشكل صحيح

If you have no under­ly­ing con­di­tions, have mild res­pi­ra­to­ry symp­toms and your gen­er­al con­di­tion is good, it is usu­al­ly not nec­es­sary for you to con­tact the health care ser­vices or seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing in the health care ser­vices. We rec­om­mend that you vol­un­tar­i­ly avoid con­tact with peo­ple out­side your house­hold for at least five days.

Home Tests

If you wish, you may do a home test. We rec­om­mend home tests for every­one who has res­pi­ra­to­ry symp­toms, for exam­ple fever, a head cold or a cough. The anti­gen home tests do not nec­es­sar­i­ly rec­og­nize the Omi­cron vari­ant as eas­i­ly as ear­li­er vari­ants. This is why we rec­om­mend that a home test is done again after a few days if the res­pi­ra­to­ry symp­toms persist.

Home tests are also suit­able for test­ing chil­dren. A result from a home test is more reli­able if the test is repeat­ed on sev­er­al days in a row or with 2–3 day intervals.

More infor­ma­tion on home tests can be found on the web­site of the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare THL.

THL’s web­site also con­tains advice on home test­ing for pupils, stu­dents and per­son­nel in schools and edu­ca­tion­al institutions.

A Neg­a­tive Result in a Home Test

If you have symp­toms, it is impor­tant that you avoid con­tact with oth­er peo­ple for at least five days even if a home test shows a neg­a­tive result. If you have symp­toms for longer than three days, we rec­om­mend avoid­ing con­tact with oth­er peo­ple until you have been symp­tom-free for at least two days.

A Pos­i­tive Result in a Home Test

If a home test shows a pos­i­tive result, it is usu­al­ly not nec­es­sary to con­firm the result with a test in the health care ser­vices. Link: An assess­ment for a per­son who has COVID-19 and is at risk of an occlu­sion in a blood ves­sel.

One should take a pos­i­tive result in a home test as seri­ous­ly as a pos­i­tive result in an offi­cial test irre­spec­tive of the symptoms.

If you live in the same house­hold with a per­son who has test­ed pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus (a home test or a result ver­i­fied in a laboratory)

Tell per­sons who you have been in close con­tact with about your ill­ness. Ask those who have been exposed to the infec­tion to vol­un­tar­i­ly avoid con­tacts for five days from the day you met and to use a face mask and to remem­ber good hand hygiene when meet­ing oth­er peo­ple. The ill­ness is con­ta­gious two days before symp­toms appear.

When Should I Go to a Coro­n­avirus Test in Soite?


A pos­i­tive test result can be con­firmed in the health care ser­vices if:

Always con­tact Soite with­out a delay if your con­di­tion requires it.

Book­ing an Appoint­ment for Coro­n­avirus Testing

Chil­dren under the Age of 12

If a child under the age of 12 has mild symp­toms of an infec­tion, his/her con­di­tion can be observed at home with­out coro­n­avirus test­ing. The symp­toms are mild if the child is alert and has the ener­gy to play and pot­ter about even if s/he has a run­ny nose, a cough and fever.

The child should avoid con­tacts out­side of the fam­i­ly until the symp­toms have become sig­nif­i­cant­ly milder. If the symp­toms start to become sig­nif­i­cant­ly milder while they are observed at home, a coro­n­avirus test is not needed.

A child under the age of 12 must be test­ed for the coro­n­avirus in Soite if s/he has symp­toms that fit the coro­n­avirus and her/his symp­toms require an assess­ment by a doc­tor (and a coro­n­avirus test accord­ing to the doctor).

Chil­dren and Ado­les­cents over the Age of 12

A child over the age of 12 must be test­ed for the coro­n­avirus in Soite if s/he has symp­toms that fit the coro­n­avirus and s/he belongs to a risk group of seri­ous coro­n­avirus dis­ease.

Book­ing an Appoint­ment for a Per­son under the Age of 16:

The child our ado­les­cent may return to day care or school when s/he is clear­ly on the mend and the symp­toms are dimin­ish­ing. As with oth­er infec­tions caused by virus­es, the con­ta­gious­ness of the coro­n­avirus dimin­ish­es quick­ly after the symp­toms have start­ed. The child may have a run­ny nose and a cough a long time after an infec­tion in the airways.


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