Instructions for people in isolation
As of 21 January 2022, contact tracing will be carried out progressively only in housing units for high-risk groups, care homes and health care units. As a rule, other people infected with COVID-19 will no longer be placed in isolation in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act.
If you have been ordered to be isolated in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act, you will receive separate instructions and must follow them.
What does isolation mean?
In order to restrict the epidemic caused by coronavirus, persons infected with COVID-19 may be ordered to isolation.
The purpose of isolation is to prevent transmission of COVID-19 to other people in housing units for high-risk groups, care homes and health care units. The isolation decision has been made under the Communicable Diseases Act.
The duration of the isolation
Information on the duration of your isolation is provided in connection with the order. An infectious disease specialist will issue an isolation order and inform about the length of the isolation period, which is generally 5–10 days.
The isolation period starts from the onset of symptoms or from the test date if you have no symptoms. There should be two asymptomatic days before the end of the isolation, meaning that the fever is gone and the other symptoms are clearly diminishing.
If you still have fever or any other clear symptoms after the isolation period has ended, or if you need to take sick leave, please contact your health station.
Please keep a safe distance from others and maintain good hand hygiene even after isolation.
What does isolation mean in practice? -instructions
You must practise social distancing and remain in your home.
You should not go to your workplace, school, daycare centre, hobbies, shops or pharmacy, because close contact is difficult to avoid in these places.You must not have visitors.
Primarily, you should arrange the food and medicine you need yourself. If necessary, call the Social Services counselling, tel. 09 310 44400 (weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm).
To reduce the risk of infection, you should also stay away from other people living in the same household. You should remain in a separate room when possible. Avoid physical contact, even if you are vaccinated. It is important to maintain good hand and coughing hygiene.
You must maintain an adequate safety distance even when you need to walk your dog or take out rubbish, for example.
Treating the illness
It is important to rest and drink plenty of fluids when ill. You can relieve fever and pain with over-the-counter medicine.
If your symptoms persist or if you need a professional assessment, you can make a symptom assessment at omaolo.fi or ask about coronavirus from the chatbot on www.hel.fi (the chat is live on weekdays 9.00-14.00).
If you are unable to make a symptom assessment, call the Coronavirus Helpline, tel. 09 310 10024 (available Mon-Fri 8.00-16.00).
If you are experiencing more serious symptoms, such as shortness of breath or a deteriorating general condition and are thinking about going to the emergency clinic, call the Medical Helpline, tel. 116 117.
In a situation requiring immediate treatment, for example if you are experiencing sudden chest pain, call the emergency number 112.
Enquiries on isolation decisions
In matters related to isolation decisions, you can contact the Epidemiological Operations Unit, tel. 09 310 51222, Mon–Fri 9:00–15:30.
Compensation for loss of income
If you have received a sick leave certificate or you have been placed in isolation on the basis of a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection, you are entitled to the communicable disease allowance to compensate for loss of income.
You can apply for the communicable disease allowance from the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela). Attach to your application a sick leave certificate or an isolation decision.
Changes to granting communicable disease allowance
With the temporary amendment to the Health Insurance Act, a decision by a physician in charge of communicable diseases to be quarantined, isolated or absent from work is no longer required to receive communicable disease allowance to compensate for loss of income.
All nurses, public health nurses and doctors, including occupational health doctors, can issue a sick leave certificate for coronavirus infection. The certificate cannot be issued retroactively.
Read the instructions for applying on Kela’s website How to claim sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease.
We recommend primarily contacting occupational health care services.
What does the communicable disease allowance cover?
The communicable disease allowance fully compensates for the loss of income caused by absence from work due to you or, for example, your child or adolescent under the age of 16 having contracted COVID-19 or being exposed to it.
Citizens of EU Member States, EEC countries or Switzerland who are working in Finland, are eligible for communicable disease allowance even if they are not covered by Finnish health insurance.
Further information is available at kela.fi/web/en/sickness-allowances-infectious-disease
The isolation is mandatory
You must comply with the isolation order issued by a communicable disease authority. According to Finnish law, breaking quarantine or isolation is punishable as a health protection violation, even if you do not infect anyone, and carries a punishment of a fine or up to three months in prison.
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