Julkaistu 4.3.2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 – Instructions in English

Updated April 3rd, 2020

In Pirkanmaa area the coronavirus samples are now taken only of persons who have symptoms of an acute respiratory infection and are at high risk for serious illness or persons who have symptoms of an acute respiratory infection and have been travelling abroad or in certain areas of Finland or have had a close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

It is important for people with mild symptoms to see it through at home and to avoid social contact with others. Reducing social contact is also important for healthy people, as this slows down the spread of the epidemic.

Patients who are in good general health and have respiratory infection symptoms should no longer contact health services even if they suspect having contracted the coronavirus unless they have travelled abroad, Uusimaa area or Lapland ski resorts in last fortnight or have been in close contact with a person who has a confirmed COVID-19 infection. They should stay at home and treat the symptoms with home remedies. Stay at home for as long as you have symptoms and one asymptomatic day.

If the situation gets worse and medical help is needed only then the patient should phone the health care services.

  • Call your local health care center or occupational health care. Persons living in Tampere or Orivesi should call the health care counselling service on 03 10023 or +358 3 5657 0023 (every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) or their own health centre or occupational health care.
  • Outside health services’ regular opening hours, call the corona counselling service phone at Tampere University Hospital: 03 311 65333 or +358 3 311 65333 (open every day 24 hours) or First Aid Unit Acuta via switchboard +358 3 311 611.
  • If necessary, you will be provided with instructions for seeking treatment over the phone.

If you have been travelling but are in good health please do not call corona counselling service phone.

From March 20th, 2020 on the coronavirus samples are taken only in these cases in Pirkanmaa area:

  • Healthcare and social welfare employees with symptoms of an acute respiratory infection. If a runny nose is the only symptom a sample will not be taken but the person should stay home and contact the employer for further instructions.
  • Patients that are hospitalised because of an acute respiratory infection of an unknown origin
  • Persons who have symptoms of an acute respiratory infection AND have been travelling abroad (outside Finland), Uusimaa area or Lapland ski resorts or have been in close contact with with a person who has a confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Corona counselling service phone at Tampere University Hospital gives advise in above mentioned cases 03 311 65333 or +358 3 311 65333 (open every day 24 hours).

Latest Updates and Instructions: Finnish Instute For Health And Welfare.