What to do if you have the coronavirus disease (Covid-19)

Follow these instructions if you get a positive test result from a coronavirus home test or a test conducted at a health care unit.

Read home-care instructions

You can find instructions for those infected with the coronavirus on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

You can also fill in a coronavirus symptom checker at omaolo.fi. The symptom checker gives you advice whether you need to see a doctor or a nurse.

If you feel unwell, contact health care services to get assessed

If your symptoms are difficult and you want to have your situation assessed by a health care professional, call the health care centre appointment number, Monday–Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tel: 09 2353 6001. Outside these hours, please call the Medical Helpline, tel. 116 117. In life-threatening situations, call 112. Make sure to mention that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

If you have a condition that increases your risk of blood clots (thrombosis), call your health centre

A coronavirus infection involves a slightly elevated risk of blood clots. Some patients can benefit from anticoagulant medication, which is administered as injections at a health centre.

If you only have mild symptoms and no fever, there is usually no need for anticoagulants.

If you have a fever (> 37.5 °C), a cough or shortness of breath, are pregnant or have to be on continuous bed rest due to illness, please read the list of risk factors below. If any of the risk factors listed below apply to you, call the health care centre appointment number, Monday–Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tel: 09 2353 6001

Risk factors for blood clots

Call the health centre for an assessment of your need for anticoagulant medication if:

At least one of these risk factors apply to you:
  • previous blood clot
  • susceptibility to blood clots (APC resistance, factor V Leiden, prothrombin G20210A, deficiency of antithrombin, protein C or protein S, antiphospholipid syndrome, essential thrombocythemia, polycythemia vera, myeloma, PNH)
  • active cancer
  • multiple injuries or recent spinal cord injury
  • major surgery within a month and/or bed rest due to surgery
  • pregnancy, caesarean section, or postpartum period (6 weeks from childbirth)

or at least two of these risk factors apply to you:

  • you are on continuous bed rest due to feeling unwell
  • coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure
  • autoimmune disease (e.g. Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, vasculitis)
  • you are in a wheelchair or paralysed
  • plaster cast on lower limb
  • recent surgery (within six weeks)
  • diabetes (any type)
  • fatty liver
  • aged over 60
  • body mass index (BMI) exceeding 30
  • smoking
  • combined oral contraceptive pills (does NOT apply to progestogen-only contraception, such as desogestrel, drospirenone)
  • you are on oestrogen replacement therapy (oral or transdermal)
  • nephrotic syndrome
  • venous insufficiency
  • central venous catheter

Isolate yourself from other people and stay at home

Stay at home and do not invite any guests over. If you’re only experiencing mild symptoms, you do not have to go to a hospital. See our instructions for people in quarantine and what you are not allowed to do during the quarantine here. 

How long do I need to stay at home?

You must stay at home until at least 5 days have passed since your symptoms started.

If you have no symptoms, you must stay at home until 5 days have passed since your positive sample was taken.

Do I need to have a second test?

If you were tested at a health care unit, you will not need another test.

If your positive test result is based on a home test, you may have to have the result verified through a test at a health care unit. Positive home test results do not need to be verified if you meet the following conditions:

  • your symptoms are mild and do not require contact with a health care unit;
  • you do not need a certificate of having recovered from the coronavirus disease in order to get a Covid-19 passport. The Covid-19 passport only shows coronavirus infections verified through a health care unit’s test.

If a health care unit’s test is needed, you can get tested through the website at koronabotti.hus.fi.