Instructions for those infected with COVID-19

Below are instructions for how you should act if you have been infected with coronavirus.

See also: Frequently asked questions

Everybody with a positive test result will no longer be called; neither will they be placed in isolation. We strongly recommend that you avoid all contacts for at least five days. If an authority has ordered you in isolation before January 21, see: You have received a positive COVID-19 result and you have been placed in isolation before January 21.

How to act if I get sick?

If your symptoms are mild, stay at home and rest. Read the COVID-19 home care instructions here.

  • If your condition worsens and you cannot cope with the home-care instructions, call the infection helpline. The helpline serves on weekdays at 8:00-18:00, on weekends and midweek holidays at 9:00-16:00, tel. 09 839 50070.
  • At other times, call Medical Helpline, tel. 116 117, if you cannot cope at home with your COVID-19 symptoms.
  • In life-threatening cases, call 112.

1. Avoid all contacts

Stay at home and only transact with those living in the same household, in other words,

  • Do not invite guests or, for instance, a cleaner to your home. If a home care nurse visits you, tell them about your situation in advance.
  • Do not go to your workplace (you can work from home), school or day-care center.
  • Do not go to a store, shopping mall, restaurant, pharmacy, bureau, library, theater, or other public premises.
  • Do not go to a gym, gym session, indoor swimming pool, or other hobby places.
  • Do not go to a church, mosque, or any other corresponding meeting places.
  • If you have made a non-urgent appointment for some health service, postpone your appointment.
  • Do not use public transportation vehicles (train, bus, airplane). If you need a taxi, request one with a plexiglass.

Observe good cough, sniffle, and hand hygiene. If you have to leave your apartment, for example, because of a necessary doctor's appointment, wear a face mask.

You can engage in outdoor activities but avoid other people. Keep at least a 2-meter distance to passers-by. Avoid using the elevator and staying on the condominium's public premises. Avoid touching banisters and other surfaces that other people touch.

2. Assess your risk of thrombosis

Some people have an elevated risk of thrombosis due to coronavirus infection. Read about the factors increasing the risk of thrombosis here.

Contact the City of Vantaa’s infection tracing unit if you think your risk of thrombosis has increased: tel. 09 839 50015, weekdays at 08:30-14:00.

3. Advise the exposed to avoid contacts

Vantaa Communicable Diseases and Infection Control Unit will no longer make individual quarantine decisions for those exposed to COVID-19. We hope that you tell about your infection to those people you have met during your period of infectiousness, so that they can avoid social contacts to the extent possible.

The period of infectiousness begins 48 hours prior to your first symptoms and lasts for 5 days from the beginning of your symptoms. If you were tested while having no symptoms, the period of infectiousness is calculated from 48 hours before the time of the COVID-19 test and it lasts for 5 days from the time you received the test result.

Instructions to the exposed can be read here.

4. What shall I do if I have to be absent from work or school?

If you are infected with coronavirus and you have symptoms, inform your employer about your sickness. Do not go to the workplace for five days. If your symptoms last more than five days, stay at home and return to work only when you have no symptoms and are able to work.

If your employer requires that you provide a medical certificate, acquire it from occupational health care.

If you cannot access occupational health care and you need the medical certificate of your absence, you can call Vantaa infection helpline, tel. 09 839 50070 (on weekdays at 8:00–18:00 and on weekends at 9:00–16:00).

If you have been infected with coronavirus and are completely without symptoms, work from home for five days. If you cannot perform your tasks from home, agree with your supervisor on work arrangements or absence in accordance with the absence practices of the workplace.

The City of Vantaa as an employer has outlined that if an employee has received a positive Coronavirus home test and is without symptoms and able to work, remote work can be agreed on. If the employee’s actual work tasks are not suitable for remote work, the employee can perform other tasks, specified by the supervisor, such as studying or other corresponding work.

The City of Vantaa as an employer instructs its employees on the intranet.

You have received a positive COVID-19 result and you have been placed in isolation before January 21

Everybody with a positive test result will no longer be called. Your isolation will continue for ten days from the beginning of your symptoms or from the day of sampling if you have no symptoms.

Those who received a positive PCR test result before January 21 will receive an isolation order, sent to their home address without separate contact. The day of the beginning of the isolation period is the day the positive result was received. The last day of isolation is the 10th day from the beginning of symptoms or from the day of sampling if you have no symptoms. The day of the beginning of symptoms is “day zero,” which means that if your symptoms began, for example, on Monday, you must stay in isolation also on the following week's Thursday.

Observe the instructions for avoiding contacts in paragraph 1.

In addition, assess your risk of thrombosis and advise the exposed to avoid contacts.