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Checklist for visiting elderly and those in risk groups

The risk of a coronavirus infection can be reduced with simple actions. This is a checklist to see how the visits can be made as safe as possible.

Checklist for visiting elderly and those in risk groups

  • If possible, keep in contact with your relative by phone or video calls, or meet them outside.

  • If you visit the elderly or others in risk groups, please pay attention to the possible infection risk of different types of contact and follow instructions given by the authorities. Avoid unnecessary close contact.

  • Don’t visit elderly or others in risk groups if you have even minor symptoms that indicate coronavirus. Typical coronavirus symptoms are e.g. fever, sore throat, cough, headache, changes in the sense of smell or taste, sniffles, muscle ache, shortness of breath, tiredness, nausea or diarrhoea.

  • When visiting your relatives:

    • Avoid shaking hands and hugging. Avoid also other types of close contact that are not necessary for helping or caring for your relative.

    • Keep a safety distance if possible. The safety distance should be over 2 metres.

    • Keep the visits as short as possible. For example, a greeting visit should be only about 15 minutes long.

    • Use a face mask during the entire visit.

    • Maintain good hand hygiene before and after the visit and after touching e.g. door handles. Wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitiser. Use disposable paper towels to dry your hands or bring your own hand towels.

More information about protecting your relative from a coronavirus infection is found on THL’s website.

22.01.2021 10:44