Instructions for people who test positive for COVID-19

Your COVID-19 test result was positive. If this is your first positive COVID-19 test result, it means that you probably have COVID-1.

Sometimes the COVID-19 test result is positive for some time after having COVID-19. If you like, you can book an appointment with a physician to discuss the implications of the test result.

Terveystalo appointments / Book appointments by phone: +358 (0)30 6000

The laboratory that performed the corona test will forward your contact information to the infectious disease unit of your home municipality. The infectious diseases unit may contact you for more detailed information.

TREATMENT OF A NEW COVID-19

If your symptoms are mild, you can recover at home. The treatment involves rest and standard symptomatic treatment of respiratory tract infection or diarrhea. If necessary, you can take paracetamol for pain relief and fever according to instructions.

Some patients may need prevention of vascular occlusion (thrombosis) in connection with COVID-19 infection. If you have had a vascular occlusion or you have any risk factors for vascular occlusion (e.g. overweight, smoking, hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives), please contact a physician to assess the situation.

Below is a link to information on corona virus infection and venous thrombosis risk (in Finnish). Please book a doctor's telephone assessment (health center / occupational health / private) if you are at risk of venous thrombosis:

>> Corona virus infection and venomous thrombosis risk

If you clearly have symptoms or your condition worsens, please do not hesitate to contact a doctor using a remote connection (a video, chat, or telephone appointment). If you are Terveystalo’s occupational health customer, your primary contact is your designated occupational health team. If your condition deteriorates rapidly and/or you suffer from severe dyspnea (difficulty breathing), call the emergency number 112 or ask someone to call the number for you.

ISOLATION

For coronavirus infection, an isolation period of 10 days from the onset of symptoms (or from the time of sampling if the person is asymptomatic) is recommended. No new social contacts should be met during the isolation period. You need to stay in isolation until you have not had any symptoms for 48 hours (two days).

In mild and asymptomatic infections, the isolation period may be shorter, but at least 5 days

  • if the person has received the full series of vaccinations and at least one week has passed since the last vaccination, or
  • if the person has a history of COVID-19 infection and has received one vaccination and at least one week has passed from the vaccination.

Generally, you need to remain in home isolation for 10 days after the onset of symptoms. If you have no symptoms, you need to remain in isolation for 10 days after the test.

Below is a link to THL's instructions on isolation and quarantine:

>> See THL's instructions on isolation and quarantine

EXPOSED PERSONS

COVID-19 is considered infectious 48 hours before the onset of symptoms or 48 hours before the test, if you do not have any symptoms. People who have been in close contact with you during this time may be considered to be exposed. The general rule is that a close contact is a person who has stayed in the same room or within 2 meters of you for more than 15 minutes. It is advisable to inform close contacts of possible exposure.

The people who clearly have been in close contact (those who are living in the same household, other clearly exposed persons) should stay at home under quarantine-like conditions (wear a face mask, avoid new social contacts). If exposed individuals develop symptoms consistent with coronavirus infection, testing is recommended.

The recommended duration of quarantine is 10 days. Quarantine can be shortened if the coronavirus test taken on day 6 shows a negative result (the so-called exit test). If you are asymptomatic, you can apply for the test no earlier than the sixth (6) day after the latest exposure. This exposure date is day number 0.

Quarantine may be shorter, but not less than 5 days,

  • if the person has received the full series of vaccinations and at least one week has passed since the last vaccination, or
  • if the person has a history of COVID-19 infection and has received one vaccination and at least one week has passed from the vaccination.