COVID-19

For actual information about COVID-19 in English, please visit the Finnish institute for health and welfare (THL) website. THL updates the situation overview and publishes instructions on the institute website.

What to do if you suspect having contracted the coronavirus

COVID-19 symptoms

Symptoms include fever, cough, headache, nausea, diarrhea, muscle pain, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, and loss of smell and taste. 

You can fill in a symptom checker if you suspect that you have caught coronavirus. The symptom checker will help you evaluate whether you might have a coronavirus infection. It gives you advice whether you need to see a doctor or a nurse. It also gives advice on how to stop the virus from spreading. Take an assessment at Omaolo.fi 

Laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 test:

People aged 12 and older

Always seek to get tested if you fall into one of the categories below and have even mild respiratory symptoms or symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 infection: 

  • You are at risk for a severe COVID-19 infection due to age (over 60), illness, or medication  
  • You are pregnant 
  • You have significant risk factors for vascular thrombosis (see HUS website for risk factors )
  • You work with clients or patients in social welfare or health care 
  • You are a resident or work in any capacity in a 24-hour care home for the elderly or disabled.

You must get tested in the situations mentioned above even if you are vaccinated.

Children under the age of 12

If your child has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they must avoid contact with people outside the immediate family until the symptoms have clearly improved and the child is well enough to manage regular activities.

A child under the age of 12 is eligible for COVID-19 testing if the child has even mild symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 infection and:

  • The child is at risk for a severe COVID-19 infection due to an illness or medication,
  • The child lives with or regularly meets family members or friends over the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated* or who are immunocompromised,
  • Or, if the child’s symptoms require a COVID-19 test according to a doctor’s opinion.

(*Received two COVID-19 vaccine doses, or had COVID-19 and received one vaccine dose)

See the THL website for instructions on what to do when a child falls ill with a respiratory infection.

At-home COVID-19 tests

The COVID-19 testing process is overwhelmed. If your symptoms are mild (such as a runny nose or sore throat) and you are not eligible for a laboratory-confirmed coronavirus test (see sections 2.1 and 2.2. above), you can take an at-home antigen test. Please familiarize yourself carefully with the instructions for taking an at-home test and how to interpret the result (see THL’s instructions).

Your at-home test is positive

If your at-home test is positive, stay at home and try to avoid all contact with people outside the home for 5 days starting from the onset of your symptoms.

There is no need to confirm the positive at-home test result with a laboratory test (see THL’s instructions), if:

  • Your symptoms are mild and do not require contacting health care
  • You are not in an at-risk group
  • You do not need a certificate of having had COVID-19 for acquiring the COVID-19 passport (the COVID-19 passport will only recognize a COVID-19 infection confirmed by a health care laboratory).

Your at-home test is negative

If your at-home test result is negative and you have symptoms, it is best to repeat the test on several consecutive days or every other day. 

A negative result from an at-home test does not exclude the possibility that the virus’s incubation period is still ongoing and the virus can be detected later. A negative result from an at-home test does not release you from isolation or quarantine ordered by an infectious disease specialist. 

How to book a COVID-19 test appointment 

Alternative 1: Make an appointment using the Coronabot

Residents in the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) can book an appointment to a COVID-19 test themselves via the Coronabot  system. After answering the Coronabot questions about your symptoms and possible exposure to the virus, you can book a suitable testing time at a testing unit. Using the service requires strong identification with online banking credentials or a mobile certificate.

You can book a test for yourself and for your under-16-year-old children. If you wish to book a time for someone else, call the health care centre number.

Alternative 2: Call us to make an appointment

Call the health care centre appointment number, Monday–Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tel: 09 2353 6001

COVID-19 certificates

Use the MyCovidData service to download a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result free of charge. The certificate is written in English. Using the service requires strong identification with online banking credentials or a mobile certificate.

Report potentially infected people

HUS has opened a service on the MyCovidData.fi page where a person who is infected with COVID-19 can themselves record any exposed persons and thus speed up the work of the infection tracers.

Did you test positive for COVID-19? Speed up contact tracing and report those exposed. Make a report: MyCovidData.fi.