You cannot tell symptoms of coronavirus apart from symptoms of other infectious diseases unless you get tested for coronavirus. If there is a reason to believe that a child might have coronavirus, they can get tested. Parents of children based in Turku can book a time slot for their child to get tested for coronavirus by calling the coronavirus helpline. (Updated on 24 August)

Book a time slot for your child for a coronavirus test:

The City of Turku coronavirus helpline, tel. +358 2 266 2714 
The service is open on weekdays from 8 am to 3 pm. From 5 September onwards, the service is available also on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 11 am.

Instructions of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (20 August 2020)

In order to prevent coronavirus from spreading, it is essential that children who are ill do not attend day care or school.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include, for instance:
•   fever
•   cough
•   headache
•   nausea
•   diarrhoea
•   muscle pain
•   sore throat
•   runny nose
•   shortness of breath
•   loss of sense of smell or taste

You cannot tell symptoms of coronavirus apart from symptoms of other infectious diseases unless you get tested for coronavirus. Especially in children, the symptoms of coronavirus are often mild and short-term.

If a child or their family member has even mild symptoms matching coronavirus, those with symptoms must get tested for coronavirus

Parents of children based in Turku can book a time slot for their child to get tested for coronavirus by calling:

  • The City of Turku coronavirus helpline, tel. +358 2 266 2714 
    The service is open on weekdays from 8 am to 3 pm. From 5 September onwards, the service is available also on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 11 am.

An adult can complete a symptom assessment for coronavirus online at omaolo.fi.

If you have symptoms, stay home and wait for the test result

Persons with symptoms must stay home until their test result is ready. If they have been tested for coronavirus and the symptoms continue, they should not attend school or day care before they get the result.

Family members who have no symptoms can go to school, day care and work while waiting for the test result of the person with symptoms unless there is a strong reason to believe that this person has caught a coronavirus infection (e.g. their family member has made a trip abroad in the last 14 days to a country with a high risk of coronavirus).

Returning to day care

If the child has been tested negative for coronavirus, they can return to day care if they have no symptoms or their symptoms have considerably improved. Sometimes a mild cold or cough continues long after an upper respiratory tract infection. Therefore, a mild symptom is not an obstacle for returning to day care.

A day care centre or a school has no right to require a certificate to prove the test result. Likewise, they cannot set a certificate as a condition for returning to day care or school. The result of the coronavirus test counts as private health data just as any other data concerning a patient. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has also introduced the following policy: if the time slot given for the child for testing is several days away and the symptoms disappear entirely before the test, there is no need to get tested. A child who has no symptoms can return to day care or school as normal.

If the test result is positive, the whole family must stay home. Directions for further treatment are given by an infectious disease authority.

If the child has recurring infections, the possibility of coronavirus can be checked on the basis of assessment made by health care professionals.

Asthma and allergy symptoms to be managed with medication

It is important that asthma and allergy symptoms are managed as well as possible with medication treatment. However, if the child has typical and mild long-term asthma symptoms, they can attend school or day care. The child must get tested for coronavirus if it seems that they might also have symptoms of an infection.

If the child has long-term symptoms that they are familiar with, they can attend school or day care and they don’t need to get tested for coronavirus because of these symptoms. If symptoms change, however, the child should get tested.

Also the spreading of other infectious diseases than coronavirus should be prevented as much as possible so that there is enough testing capacity for everyone with symptoms.

These instructions are based on instructions given by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Education and Culture. 

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare: Lapset ja koronavirus (in Finnish)
The Ministry of Education and Culture: Ohje opetuksen ja varhaiskasvatuksen järjestäjille koronavirusepidemian aikana (in Finnish).