Instructions for people who test positive for COVID-19

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TREATMENT

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

Stay home and do not meet new people and wait for the municipality’s infectious diseases unit to contact you. Do not go to the grocery store or pharmacy, etc. Terveystalo will share your contact details with the contact tracers of your home municipality who will give you more detailed instructions. You do not need to contact the municipality’s infectious diseases unit.

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.

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.

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

ISOLATION

After a positive COVID-19 test result, start home isolation immediately and wait in isolation for the municipality’s infectious diseases unit to contact you. Generally, you need to remain in home isolation for 10 days after the onset of symptoms. You need to stay in isolation until you have not had any symptoms for 48 hours (two days). If you have no symptoms, you need to remain in isolation for 10 days after the test.

The start and end of isolation are determined by the physician responsible for infectious disease control in the municipality. The municipality’s infectious diseases unit will contact you by phone. They aim to contact you within a day, but there might be a delay if the queue is long. The physician responsible for infectious disease control can issue an isolation decision in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act required for applying for a communicable disease allowance. When the municipality contacts you, you will receive a key code for the Koronavilkku application, if you are using the application.

Before the municipality contacts you with further instructions:

  • Avoid close contact with others. Do not go to stores or run errands even if you are feeling well
  • Keep a safe distance from those who are in your household. If possible, stay and sleep in a separate room
  • Practice good hand and cough hygiene.

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. The people who have been in close contact with you during this time may be considered exposed and required to quarantine. The physician responsible for infectious disease control assesses the situation and decides who is considered a close contact, but 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.

The municipality will contact you to map close contacts. You can facilitate this task by preparing a list with the names and phone numbers of all possible close contacts. 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 and wait for the municipality to contact them.