Julkaistu 17.4.2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 – Instructions in English

Updated April 17, 2020

In Pirkanmaa area the coronavirus samples are now taken of persons who have symptoms of an acute respiratory infection and who seek medical help because of their symptoms.

Coronavirus tests are performed on people who contact health services by phone or seek emergency or hospital care due to their symptoms.

It is especially important to ask for a test if you get symptoms and

  • you work in social and health care,
  • you are a family member or a close relative to a healthcare professional,
  • you are in labour or
  • you are over 70 years of age or at higher risk of severe illness.

The symptoms of COVID-19 infection can vary:

  • Illness that resembles influenza including dry cough, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headache and tiredness.
  • COVID-19 may also be a mild upper respiratory infection:
    • In it's mildest form only throat soreness
    • Sore throat and/or runny nose
    • Loss of sense of smell and taste is a symptom that strongly indicates COVID-infection. It may occur alone or with other symptoms.
  • Pneumonia including fever, cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, and severe tiredness.

The Omaolo-service will help you check your symptoms to see if you might have the coronavirus infection: omaolo.fi/en.

If you get symptoms mentioned above

  • 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 on corona virus testing.
  • Stay at home and avoid social contact with others.
  • In urgent emergency situation always call 112.

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