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Instructions for people in quarantine

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What does it mean to be placed under quarantine?

In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, people suspected of having been exposed to the coronavirus may be put into quarantine. Quarantine measures aim to break the chains of infection and save lives.

According to Finland's Act of Contagious Diseases (1227/2016), municipal or hospital district physicians specialising in infectious diseases can quarantine a person if they have become infected or are suspected of having been exposed to a highly contagious disease.

What if a person under quarantine starts to develop symptoms?

If a person under quarantine develops the symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection (fever, cough, sore throat, ahces and pains, and/or shortness of breath), they should call the Helsinki Coronavirus Helpline at tel. 09 310 10024, open 7 am to 8 pm on weekdays. At other times, call the Medical Helpline tel. 116 117. In case of emergency, call 112.

Can quarantines be carried out at home?

Most people who have been told to quarantine can do so in the safety and comfort of their homes. However, if there are other people with underlying health issues or people over 60 years old  living in the same household, some other arrangement may have to be made.

Can a quarantined person go out?

The priniciple of being in quarantine means that the individual in question should try to avoid close contact with anyone outside their family. If they must go out, they should take care to avoid all contact with others. Quarantined persons may not go to their workplace, schools, day care centres or to the shops.

Why are the family members of the quarantined person not also placed under quarantine?

The family members are not placed under quarantine because they are not suspected of being in close contact with someone who was infected, unlike the person placed under quarantine. Family members of an asymptomatic person under quarantine cannot infect others.

If people who are under quarantine develop symptoms of the coronavirus, they will be tested to confirm a covid-19 infection. Test results will determine if the quarantine will be extended. Before that time, family members do not present a risk.

How will children under quarantine attend school?

Schools will arrange the appropriate instruction, should a child be put under quarantine.

Are people in quarantine eligible for loss-of-income compensation?

People who have been ordered to stay home in quarantine by a physician are eligible to receive sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease from the state, even if they are fit for work. The sickness allowance is also available to parents or guardians of children under the age of 16 who are placed in quarantine. The official quarantine decision must be enclosed in the application.

More information from the state benefits agency Kela

See also:

Coronavirus updates from the City of Helsinki

Instructions for persons in quarantine (pdf):

- ranska: Consignes à l'attention des personnes placées en quarantaine

- somali: Tilmaanbixinno loogu talagalay qofka karaantiilay

- venäjä: Как вести себя на карантине

- arabia:

إرشادات لأولئك الذين هم تحت الحجر الصح ي

- turkki: Karantinaya alınan kişiler için talimatlar

- dari: راهنمایی برای شخصی که در قرنطینه است

- sorani: ڕینمایەکان بۆ ئەو کەسانەی لە کەڕەنتینەدا ن

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