To limit the coronavirus epidemic, people exposed to coronavirus are placed in quarantine. The objective of quarantine is to stop chains of infection. If you have been ordered into quarantine or isolation, stay home and avoid making visits. Don’t invite others to visit you. A doctor and/or nurse will supervise your condition during quarantine.

If you have been diagnosed with coronavirus, see section A.

If you have been exposed to coronavirus, see section B.

A) You have been diagnosed with coronavirus. When you are infected, you must remain isolated from persons outside your home. See the PDF file for more detailed instructions for isolation. You can also read more about how to reduce the risk of infection among people living in the same household. When an employee of the coronavirus control unit processes new coronavirus cases, they will send a link to this website in a text message. The symptoms of coronavirus are diverse and the severity of the disease varies. The majority of people can stay home during their illness, and only a small percentage of people need to be hospitalised. If you start experiencing symptoms matching severe coronavirus disease, such as a decline in your overall condition or shortness of breath, contact healthcare services by phone. If you have an underlying disease that increases your risk of thrombosis, you may need medication that reduces this risk. A physician will assess your individual case. For more information on coronavirus symptoms, see the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare website. If you are concerned about your condition when infected with coronavirus, you can contact a tracing professional from 10 am to 4 pm by calling +358 (0)40 617 4969, or call the coronavirus helpline at +358 (0)2 266 2714 (weekdays from 8 am to 3 pm) or the emergency clinic.

Once you have been informed that you have contracted coronavirus, you can personally notify people you have exposed. This is voluntary, and by informing those you have exposed you can prevent the spread of infections in our society. The current main strain of coronavirus is the delta variant which is transmitted very easily. People will have been exposed if they have been in close contact with a person who has contracted the coronavirus disease in situations like the following: face-to-face at less than 2 m apart for more than 15 minutes without masks, physical contact, or close contact in a closed space for a longer period of time without masks. The exposure period begins 48 hours before the onset of symptoms or 48 hours before an asymptomatic person was tested. You can make contact tracing easier by already preparing a list of the names and phone numbers of people exposed to your infection according to these guidelines.

You are entitled to receive sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease from Kela when you are absent from work because of a coronavirus infection. The physician responsible for infectious diseases will provide you with the necessary certificates. For further information on sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease, see the Kela website.

B) You have been exposed to coronavirus. If a risk assessment finds that you have been exposed to a high-risk contact, you may be assigned to quarantine under the Communicable Diseases Act for 10 days from exposure. For instructions on quarantine, see the PDF file. If you start experiencing symptoms during quarantine, get tested for coronavirus. You can get access to testing in several ways:

Fill in a symptom assessment in Omaolo (https://www.turku.fi/en/omaolo-services)

Varissuo health centre offers coronavirus testing without appointment on weekdays from 9 to 11 am or from 12 noon to 14 pm.

Get tested at the Coronavirus Prevention Bus in Halinen or Pansio (turku.fi)

Call the coronavirus helpline at +358 (0)2 266 2714

You are entitled to receive sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease from Kela when you are absent from work because of a coronavirus infection. The physician responsible for infectious diseases will provide you with the necessary certificates.

For further information on sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease, see the Kela website. If you have any questions, please call +358 (0)29 524 4969 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Your quarantine can be ended early if you get tested for coronavirus no earlier than 6 days after exposure and your test result is negative. If you want to make your quarantine shorter, get tested after 6 days from exposure at the earliest, and once your test result has arrived, call +358 (0)29 524 4969 from 10 am to 4 pm

 

According to the Communicable Diseases Act (1227/2016), the chief physician responsible for communicable diseases in a municipality or hospital district can order people into quarantine if they have been exposed (or there are grounds to suspect they have been exposed) to a generally hazardous infectious disease.

If you have been ordered into quarantine or isolation

Specific instructions for home quarantine or isolation:

If you experience symptoms while you are in quarantine, please contact:

  • The centralised coronavirus helpline of school and student health care, tel. +358 2 266 2012 (Mon–Thu 8 am–3 pm and Fri 8 am–12 noon) 
  • If you are an comprehensive school student call to the centralised coronavirus helpline of school and student health care, tel. +358 2 266 2012 (open between 8 am and 11 am from Mon to Fri)
  • Upper secondary school students and vocational school students may call to the centralised student health care appointment booking number: +358 2 266 1570 (open between 8 am and 3 pm from Mon to Thu and between 8 am and 13 pm on Fri).
  • The City of Turku coronavirus helpline, tel. +358 2 266 2714 (weekdays, 8 am–3 pm) 
  • Joint emergency services of the Turku region, tel. +358 2 313 8800 
  • Medical Helpline (during weekends), tel. 116 117 

Quarantine practices to change for people who have been vaccinated or have contracted COVID-19 (19.5)

On 18 May, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has amended its guidelines on quarantine practices for those who have been vaccinated or have contracted COVID-19. In the future, a person exposed to the coronavirus will not be quarantined in the following cases:

  • The person has received both doses and at least one week has passed since the second dose
  • The person has received the first dose within 6 months of being diagnosed with the coronavirus infection and at least one week has passed since the vaccination
  • The person has a doctor’s certificate for a coronavirus infection diagnosed less than 6 months ago.

Your infectious disease doctor may decide otherwise in the assessment, and factors that may affect the effectiveness of the vaccine must be taken into account. The factors include the local mutant strain situation, age and underlying health conditions. The amended quarantine guidelines also apply to social and health care professionals.

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