What to do after a coronavirus test?
A covid-19 test determines whether you have a coronavirus infection. The instructions below tell you what to do if you have recently been tested.
Please stay at home until the test result is confirmedIt will take about a day for the test results to come in. To protect other people, you must stay at home at least until the test result is confirmed. Do not go grocery shopping or to the pharmacy, for example.
Symptomless family members do not need to quarantine themselves while you are waiting for the results, but they should contact their employers to make sure they are allowed to go to work.
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 with the following notification in Finnish: ”Koronatestisi on positiivinen, eli sinulla on koronavirustartunta.” We also make calls to report test results in the evenings and at weekends.
You will also receive a text message with a link to an online form. In it, you will be asked to provide key details regarding the infection. You can sign in to the form by using Suomi.fi electronic authentication. After filling in the form, you will be sent the Koronavilkku code by text message, if you are using the application. The text message with the Koronavilkku code will be sent to you between 8–20. The code will remain valid for 4 hours. If you miss this window, you can also receive the code in connection to the phone call regarding your isolation decision.
If you cannot fill in the online form, we ask that you please write down for yourself the answers to the instruction document you received at the testing station.
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.
See also: Treatment of coronavirus and instructions for the infected (THL)
If your test result is negative, meaning that you do not have a coronavirus infectionYou will receive a text message with the following notification in Finnish: “Koronatestisi tulos oli negatiivinen, eli näytteessä ei ilmennyt koronavirusta.” However, it is important that you to stay in quarantine-like conditions for as long as you have symptoms. A child can return to daycare once their symptoms have clearly improved.
If you were tested during quarantine, a negative test result will not overturn your prior quarantine decision. You must stay at home until your quarantine ends.
Please make sure that your phone number is up to date on the city e-services (asiointi.hel.fi ) under the header Health care services > Health care personal data.
If your condition deteriorates and you feel that you cannot cope at home
Check your symptoms online at omaolo.fi or call 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.
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