Why use a mask?
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) recommends the use of face masks in the whole country at this time.
The novel coronavirus is transmitted primarily as a droplet infection when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or sings. Proper use of a face mask can reduce infections by preventing droplets from spreading into the environment.
There are many types of face masks: various self-made or commercially available masks made of fabric or other materials. A face mask is not an actual respirator, nor does it effectively protect its wearer. The effectiveness of face masks is based in part on the fact that as many people as possible use them properly.
Studies show that the virus infects particularly easily in cramped interiors where close contact cannot be avoided. It is good to note that some people who are infected with COVID-19 have no symptoms or very few symptoms, and for this reason the persons are not aware of their infection. The virus can infect a few days before the onset of symptoms.
Instructions for face mask use from the THL webpage.
Distribution of face masks
In accordance with the Government's decision in principle, the City of Vantaa distributes free face masks to the poorest and most vulnerable. Other Vantaa residents must obtain their own masks. There are mask distribution points on different sides of Vantaa.
Face mask distribution points in Vantaa.