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
If you have not been vaccinated or you have received one vaccine dose:
If you are experiencing the following symptoms of a coronavirus infection, you should get tested as soon as possible and avoid close contact with others:
- acute respiratory tract infection (one symptom is enough: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, loss of the sense of smell/taste) or
- diarrhea/nausea, headache, or muscle ache without any other distinct reason.
If you have been exposed to coronavirus, you should get tested according to the instructions you are given.
You may book the appointment yourself online via the Coronabot, or by calling the Sipoo health care centre telephone number on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The number is 09 2353 6001.
If you have received two vaccine doses or you have had the coronavirus disease:
Coronavirustest in general is not needed if:
- your symptoms are mild and
- you have received two vaccine doses and it has been at least one week since the second dose or
- you have had the coronavirus disease within the last six months or
- you have earlier been infected with coronavirus, and you have received at least one vaccine dose and it has been at least one week of your vaccination.
You should always get tested, even if you have received two vaccine doses or if you have been infected with coronavirus more than 6 months ago, in case you:
- are referred to a test by the Coronabot or a healthcare worker after a treatment assessment
- belong to a risk group for a severe coronavirus infection due to your age (over 60 years of age), illness or medication
- are pregnant
- have been exposed to coronavirus during past two weeks (also after a notification from the Koronavilkku app, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms)
- you are a social welfare or healthcare worker
- you live or work at a care unit for the elderly.
Children under the age of 12
If your child has symptoms consistent with coronavirus, 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.
If your child has symptoms and they have been exposed to confirmed coronavirus case during the past two weeks the child should be tested. Follow the instructions on testing from your local communicable disease unit.
It is also reasonable to test for coronavirus if the child’s family includes a person over the age of 16 who is not fully vaccinated or a person whose immune response against coronavirus is defective.
At your discretion, you can take your child to test for coronavirus if you suspect the infection. In addition, a test can always be taken when a physician considers that the child’s symptoms require testing.
Symptoms caused by COVID-19 typically resemble those of a common cold, such as cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, blocked nose, loss of energy, and fever. Also, a sudden loss of smell or taste may be a symptom of the disease. Diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting may be related to COVID-19 when there is no other obvious reason causing them.
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
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.