What to do after a coronavirus test

COVID-19 sampling and testing is carried out to determine whether the person being tested has a COVID-19 coronavirus infection. If you have recently been tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus, please see below for instructions on what to do after being tested.

Stay at home until the results of the test are confirmed

Confirming the results of the coronavirus test takes a few days. To protect other people, you should stay at home at least until the results of the test are confirmed.

Going grocery shopping or to the pharmacy is not recommended, for example. 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 you were tested due to symptoms that began during quarantine, a normal test result will not overturn your prior quarantine decision.

If your test result is positive, meaning that you have a coronavirus infection

You will receive a call from an unknown number. Please make sure to answer when you receive a call from an unknown number. We also make calls to report test results in the evenings and during weekends.

After being informed of your test results, the City of Helsinki Epidemiologic Operations Unit will contact you about quarantine and isolation decisions and infection tracking.

If your test result is negative, meaning that you do not have a coronavirus infection

You will receive a text message saying “Your test result is normal (negative)”. We still recommend you to stay in quarantine-like conditions until you are fully recovered, and in addition two symtom free days.

If your condition deteriorates and you feel that you cannot cope at home

Contact Helsinki’s coronavirus helpline on weekdays 7–20, tel. 09 310 10024, and the Medical Helpline, tel. 116 117, at other times.

In a life-threatening situation, please call the national emergency number 112.

Everyone with symptoms of a coronavirus infection will be sent to tests

Everyone with symptoms of a coronavirus infection will be sent to tests. These symptoms are respiratory infection, diarrhoea and stomach pains. Symtoms for an respiratory infection are fever, cough, throat pain, a cold, shortness of breath and loss of sense of smell and taste.

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This page was updated 23.4., 24.4. and 25.5.

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