What to do after a coronavirus test?
A covid-19 test determines if a person has contracted the novel coronavirus. The instructions below tell you what to do if you have recently been tested.
Stay at home until the test result is confirmedIt will take 1–3 days for the test results to come in. To protect other people, you must stay at home at least until the test result is confirmed. Going grocery shopping or to the pharmacy is not recommended, for example.
If it is difficult for you to find help with grocery shopping or going to the pharmacy, please report your concerns to a social services and health care professional. We can provide you with the necessary help.
If your test result is positive, meaning that you have a coronavirus infectionYou will receive a text message from the number 16 100. We also make calls to report test results in the evenings and at the weekends.
The text message will include a link to an online form for collecting information pertinent to your infection. In order to fill in the form you will need to identify yourself using the suomi.fi service. Filling in the form will speed up your services and the City’s infection tracking efforts. Thank you!
We will also contact you personally regarding your isolation decision and infection tracking. The call will come from an unknown number. For more information on isolation, please visit hel.fi/isolationinstructions.
If your test result is negative, meaning that you do not have a coronavirus infectionYou will receive a text message from the number 16 175 stating “Your test result is normal (negative).” However, it is important that you to stay in quarantine-like conditions for as long as you have symptoms. A child can return to day care once their symptoms have clearly eased.
If you were tested due to symptoms that began during quarantine, a normal test result will not overturn your prior quarantine decision, meaning that you must stay at home until your quarantine ends.
Please make sure that your phone number is up to date on the asiointi.hel.fi service under Health care services > Health care personal data.
You can view your coronavirus test results online on the Omakanta service (omakanta.fi).
If your condition deteriorates and you feel that you cannot cope at homeContact Helsinki’s Coronavirus Helpline (open every day 8–18), tel. 09 310 10024, or the Medical Helpline, tel. 116 117, at other times. In a life-threatening situation, please call the national emergency number 112.
Everyone with symptoms of a coronavirus infection is being sent to tests
Everyone with symptoms of a coronavirus infection is being sent to tests now in Finland, as the country has rolled out wide-scale testing to stop the spread of the virus. These symtoms are fever, cough, fatigue, nausea, diarrhoea, muscle pain, sore throat, a runny nose, shortness of breath and loss of sense of smell and/or taste.
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