The easiest way to fight respiratory infections, like seasonal influenza and even the novel coronavirus, is to maintain good hand hygiene.

Current information about the novel coronavirus

An epidemic has been identified in Wuhan, China, and a new coronavirus has been identified as the cause. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

For many patients, the symptoms have been mild, but there have also been serious cases. Most cases have been found in China, with the vast majority in Wuhan.

In Finland, one case of the infection has currently (30 January at 9.00) been confirmed on a traveller from China to Lapland.

Are you suspecting infection?

Finland currently has a high level of seasonal influenza, with symptoms very similar to those of the novel coronavirus. An essential distinguishing factor is the exposure to coronavirus.

If you have travelled to the epidemic area of the novel coronavirus (city of Wuhan and possibly Hubei province) and you experience fever of more than 38 degrees, cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of leaving the area, contact a health care unit by phone.

Call a health care unit first

You can call a health station or the 24/7 Medical Helpline at 116 117. A health care professional will give you instructions on how to seek treatment.

If you have travelled in the epidemic area but do not have any symptoms of the disease after arriving in Finland, no special action is needed.

The best way to fight infection is to wash your hands

The easiest way to fight respiratory infections, like seasonal influenza and even the novel coro-navirus, is to maintain good hand and cough hygiene.

Cough correctly – do not infect others!

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Put the used tissue immediately into the bin.
  • If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.

The situation is being actively monitored

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is monitoring the situation and provides guid-ance on infection prevention as needed (

Published 31.1. and updated 4.2.