Instructions for When You Suspect a Coronavirus Infection
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.
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)
- Persons who live in the same household are no longer ordered into quarantine in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act.
- As far as it is possible, avoid contact with other people outside your home until five days has passed since the person who is ill was tested. If several family members become ill, the five days are counted from the beginning of the symptoms of the person who has become ill most recently. Those who are ill may move freely when their isolation period is over and their symptoms have been gone for two days.
- Hobbies and visits during the spare time are not recommended.
- Use an FFP respiratory mask or a surgical face mask.
- Work from home if possible. If needed, discuss this with your boss.
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:
- the symptoms are serious
- the person who is ill belongs to a risk group
- the person who is ill is pregnant
- the person who is ill works in social or health care
- the person needs the result for a COVID-19 passport (in other words, has not been vaccinated two times)
Always contact Soite without a delay if your condition requires it.
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 paediatric emergency clinic (lasten päivystys): phone 06 826 4444. Open 24/7.
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.