What to do if I become sick?

If you are sick, you have to stay home until you recover! Discuss your treatment with your family doctor and call 112 in case of acute symptoms. Do not go to the emergency department in a hospital or the waiting room of your family doctor. Instead, ask for treatment recommendations and instructions by phone. Contact your close contacts and inform them about your illness. In addition, report your illness to the HOIA application. The Health Board will contact you as soon as possible and ask you some questions about your illness.
Restrictions in force

In order to avoid the spread of the virus and getting infected, to protect the life and health of the people and to ensure the functioning of the society, it is necessary to follow the enacted restrictions and guidelines.

Restrictions in force
The meters of risk level

The main meters are the number on people infected with COVID-19 and the number of people hospitalised. The Government reviews the risk level once a week.

Instructions for how to behave at different risk levels

What should I do if I have contracted the coronavirus?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or suspect you may be ill, stay home and contact your family doctor if you have any symptoms. Avoid contact with other people, follow hygiene rules, and use contactless delivery to order everything you need. If you are unable to contact your family doctor, call the family doctor’s helpline 1220. Contact your family doctor for a certificate of incapacity for work or a certificate for care leave.

The Health Board will contact you as soon as possible. Here are the questions that the Health Board will ask you. Prepare your answers beforehand.

A child diagnosed with COVID-19 must also remain in self-isolation in their place of residence or stay for at least 10 days until recovery.

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Muscle/joint pain
  • Weakness
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of speech or mobility.

If I have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and

  • my symptoms are mild or moderate: stay home, monitor your condition, and self-isolate.
  • My symptoms are severe(fever > 38 °C, cough): stay at home and call the family doctor’s helpline 1220 or your family doctor.
  • My health is critical (difficulty breathing and need emergency help): call the emergency number 112.

If I suspect I may have contracted COVID-19

  • Stay at home until recovery with any symptoms. You must not go to work or school or visit shops or go anywhere else if you are sick!
  • Avoid contact with other people, follow hygiene rules, and use contactless delivery if possible to order everything you need.
  • Contact your family doctor for further instructions and a certificate for sick leave or a certificate for care leave.
  • Take a coronavirus test.

When can a person be considered to have recovered from COVID-19 and how is it determined?

You have to self-isolate for 10 days even if the symptoms go away in a few days. This helps to prevent the disease from spreading.

Both at home and in the hospital, you can get all the necessary instructions from your family doctor or the attending physician. Follow their recommendations.

Studies have shown that a person who has contracted COVID-19 is infectious for up to 10 days after the onset of symptoms. Therefore, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days.

A person is declared healthy and can stop self-isolating if

  • they have not had a fever for at least 72 hours and
  • acute symptoms have gone away.

The doctor makes the decision to declare the person healthy.

People who have recovered from SARS-CoV-2 do not have to take the test again.

The declaration of a person who has been hospitalised as healthy depends on their condition. Hospitals usually recommend staying home for two weeks after being discharged. This does not apply to people who had mild symptoms but were still hospitalised for some reason.

The virus can be detected in the laboratory for up to 37 days even though the patient is no longer infectious.

Last updated: 10.11.2021