The new coronavirus (covid-19) causes a sudden respiratory infection. The symptoms of many patients have been mild, but there have also been severe cases. Its symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain, fatigue, runny nose, nausea and diarhhoea.
Stay at home as much as possible
Everyone can prevent the virus from spreading by acting responsibly. Infection can be prevented by maintaining good hand hygiene and avoiding social contact. Wash your hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth unless you have just washed your hands. Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you do not have a handkerchief, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve not into your hands.
Avoid close contact with others even if you don’t have any symptoms. You are allowed to go for a walk by yourself or with people living in the same household, but stay one to two metres away from other people at all times. The Government has issued guidance on coronavirus protection for the over-70s. This states that people over 70 are required to refrain from contact with others wherever possible, which means quarantine-like conditions.
A national telephone service at the number 0295 535 535 gives general information and advice on the coronavirus on weekdays 8–21 and Saturdays 9–15. The service is primarily available in Finnish and, where possible, also in Swedish and English.
Information for Vantaa residents
Helpline for Vantaa residents
Helpline 09 8395 0070 is meant for all Vantaa residents concerned about how the coronavirus affects their everyday life. The helpline serves Vantaa residents on weekdays 8–15.30. The service is primarily available in Finnish, Swedish and English. Email firstname.lastname@example.org will support the flow of information, if calling fails for some reason.
General information for Vantaa immigrants
Information on coronavirus and its effects on city services available by phone and via e-mail from Mon–Thurs 11:00–14:00.
Russian, Finnish: Irina Savelova, tel. 0400 842 353, email@example.com
Estonian, Russian, Finnish: Inge-Ly Rannu, tel. 040 847 3203, firstname.lastname@example.org
Somali, Finnish: Habiibo Mohamed, tel. 050 302 4362, email@example.com
Multilingual remote counseling of the Tsempataan project serves Vantaa residents on Tue-Fri 10:00–15:00.
Russian, Finnish: Valeria Komina, tel. 044 948 9220 (WhatsApp, Viber), firstname.lastname@example.org
Arabic, French, Finnish: Abdul Lamghari, tel. 044 493 2093 (WhatsApp), email@example.com
Somali, Finnish: Saed Mohamed, tel. 045 1447 82 (WhatsApp), firstname.lastname@example.org
Somali, Finnish: Mubarak Osman, tel. 045 2681 100 (WhatsApp), email@example.com
Vantaa Association Circle (Järjestörinki) offers counseling for immigrants in several languages.
Dari, Farsi, Pashtu, Russian, Finnish: Ziaulhag Momeni, tel. 045 134 1711 (also WhatsApp, Viber), firstname.lastname@example.org
Dari, Farsi, Pashtu, English, Finnish: Malek Kouhestani, tel. 050 569 9095 (also WhatsApp, Viber), email@example.com
Russian: Zara Makhieva, tel. 045 783 48 754, firstname.lastname@example.org