Changes in the Soite Area’s Coronavirus Infection Tracking As Well as in the Duration of Isolation and Quarantine
The number of coronavirus infections is quickly increasing in the Soite area, and because of this, prioritization must be done in the infection tracking. Furthermore, the duration of isolation and quarantine will be changed so that it is, in general, five days. An overall healthy person who has mild respiratory symptoms generally does not need to contact the health care services nor seek out their coronavirus testing. Home tests are recommended for anyone who has symptoms of a respiratory infection.
Coronavirus infections are so prevalent in the area that extensive tracking of infections is impossible and from a human resources standpoint impractical. Infection tracking will now be concentrated to mapping infections confirmed in the social and health care units.
In addition to the new guidelines for infection tracking, there will also be changes to the duration of isolation and quarantine and in the future, their duration will generally be 5 days regardless of the person’s vaccination protection. The five days will be counted from the day the patient was tested.
Current instructions are found on Soite’s coronavirus website:
- Instructions for When you Suspect a Coronavirus Infection
- Treating a Coronavirus Infection at Home
- Isolation and quarantine instructions for persons who are infected with or have been exposed to COVID-19
Home testing recommended as the primary method
We recommend home tests for anyone who has symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a fever, a runny nose or a cough. A positive home test result has to be treated the same as a positive result from an official test. Coronavirus antigen home tests may not necessarily recognise the omicron variant as accurately as previous variants, so we recommend taking another home test again after a few days if the symptoms of respiratory infection persist.
An overall healthy patient who is in good condition and has mild respiratory symptoms generally does not need to contact the health care services nor seek out their coronavirus testing.
A positive home test result for an adult has to be confirmed within the health care services, if:
- the symptoms are serious
- the person belongs to a risk group
- the person is pregnant
- the person works within the social and health care services
- the person needs a sickness certificate for sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease for themselves or a family member or a result for a coronavirus passport.
A person who has tested positive in Soite will receive a text message with instructions for isolation and home treatment. Patients over the age of 60 will be contacted by phone. The BuddyCare app is no longer used for contact with patients. An infected person has to be reachable at all times and follow the instructions given by the unit for infectious disease control.
Soite will test patients under the age of 12 if the child belongs to a risk group or a doctor deems that there is cause for testing
Mild symptoms of an infection in a child younger than 12 can be observed at home without seeking out testing. The symptoms are considered mild if the child is alert and has the energy to play and be active even if they have a runny nose, a cough or a fever. The child should avoid contact with people outside the family until the symptoms have decreased significantly. If the symptoms are clearly beginning to decrease during observation, seeking out coronavirus testing is not necessary.
For children under 12 years of age, a coronavirus test done by Soite is needed if the child has symptoms indicative of a coronavirus infection and their symptoms require a doctor’s assessment (and based on it a coronavirus test).
For a child over 12 years of age or a young person, there is cause for a coronavirus test done by Soite if they have symptoms indicative of coronavirus and belong to a risk group for serious coronavirus disease.
A child or a young person can return to day care or school when their condition is clearly improving and their symptoms are decreasing. As with other virus infections, a coronavirus infection also quickly becomes less infectious after the symptoms have begun. Symptoms like a runny nose or cough can linger for a long time after a recent respiratory infection.
Home quarantine for five days for persons who live in the same household as an infected person
Persons living in the same household as an infected person (family exposure) must comply with home quarantine in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act for 5 days from the day the latest person who has become ill was tested. A person exposed through family exposures must observe home quarantine regardless of vaccine protection.
If the exposed person gets symptoms indicative of COVID-19 (a cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, muscle aches, headache), the exposed person should make an appointment for a coronavirus test by filling out the online Omaolo service corona symptom assessment at omaolo.fi/?lang=en or by calling Soite’s coronavirus helpline on phone number 06 828 7499, Monday to Sunday 8 am to 4 pm.
If the person who is in quarantine begins to have symptoms, it is recommended that the rest of the persons who live in the same household avoid unnecessary social contacts until the person who is in quarantine has received the results from a coronavirus test.
An isolation order is sent automatically to a person who has tested positive within Soite
An isolation order certificate will be issued automatically for 5 days starting from the day of the testing. The isolation order certificate works as a sickness certificate for sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease for the employer. The isolation order certificate will be sent automatically by mail to the patient’s home address within a few weeks after the isolation has ended. There is currently about a month’s delay in the processing of the isolation orders.
If a family member needs a certificate for sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease, they have to contact Soite’s nurse specialized in infectious diseases on the phone number 040 804 2781 (10 am to 2 pm).