Instructions for those exposed to COVID-19

You will probably not be placed in quarantine

Because of the changed situation with increased number of COVID-19 cases over a short period of time, Vantaa Communicable Diseases and Infection Control unit will not separately place everybody exposed to coronavirus in quarantine.

Infection tracing is only carried out in high COVID-19 risk housing units, nursing homes and health-care units.

People exposed to COVID-19 in other situations—such as at home, at work, in schools, and in early childhood education—will no longer be placed in quarantine consistent with the Communicable Diseases Act. As a general rule, neither will social-welfare and health-care professionals be placed in quarantine. This applies to also those professionals that have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

People living in the same household as an infected person or people in similar close contacts with an infected person will no longer be given personal counseling nor placed in quarantine consistent with the Communicable Diseases Act.

The effectiveness of infection tracing in preventing further infections is low in this current situation where it can take several days, or even weeks, to be tested, to get test results, and to receive a tracing call and a quarantine order. Therefore, it is unlikely for you to receive a separate quarantine order.

If you have been exposed, here’s what you should do

  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, avoid unnecessary social contacts for ten days from the moment of exposure.
  • If you have been exposed to a person with a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result living in the same household, avoid unnecessary social contacts for ten days from the moment the infected person's symptoms began.
  • If a person with a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result living in the same household has had no symptoms, avoid unnecessary social contacts for ten days from the moment the infected person took the COVID-19 test.
  • If you get symptoms after exposure, do not go to school, work or anywhere else it is not necessary for you to go. If you can, take a Coronavirus home test. If you must confirm the diagnosis of a suspected coronavirus infection for infectious disease allowance or for a COVID-19 certificate, go to an official PCR test.

Take responsibility for yourself, your family, and your friends by reducing the number of your contacts

In the current situation, it is of key importance that you do not meet anybody in close contact, if you do not have to. Exceptions to the above consist of necessary transactions, for example, children going to school, adults going to the workplace, unless distance learning or remote work are possible. In addition, going to the grocery store (favor transportation services’ home delivery of purchases to the extent possible), pharmacy, and a doctor's appointment are deemed as necessary transactions.

If you have not officially been placed in quarantine, you can go to school and work as usual. However, you must observe good cough, sniffle, and hand hygiene. Wear a mask whenever in contact with others, regardless of the environment. In schools, students in grades 3 and above, as well as employees, are obliged to wear face masks.

The exposed that have separately been placed into official quarantine by the Communicable Diseases and Infection Control unit will receive a quarantine order so that they can apply for infectious disease allowance. Other people that have been exposed to COVID-19 are recommended to avoid social contacts to the extent possible.

It is imperative that everybody act responsibly so that we manage to decelerate the spread of the epidemic, reduce the overloading of hospital treatment, and protect members in our inner circle. Now more than ever it is important that—should you have even mild symptoms—you stay at home and inform your close contacts, to the extent possible, about the possibility of exposure. Also people without symptoms must observe the valid recommendations and restrictions.

If you have been placed in quarantine before January 6, 2022, here’s what you should do:

Avoid all unnecessary contacts

  • Stay at home and only transact with those living in the same household, in other words,
  • Do not invite guests or, for instance, a cleaner to your home. If a home care nurse visits you, tell them about your situation in advance.
  • Do not go to your workplace (work from home), school or day-care center.
  • Do not go to a store, shopping mall, restaurant, pharmacy, bureau, library, theater, or other public premises.
  • Do not go to a gym, gym session, indoor swimming pool, or other hobby place.
  • Do not go to a church, mosque, or any other corresponding meeting place.
  • If you have made a non-urgent appointment for some health service, postpone your appointment.
  • Do not use public transportation vehicles (train, bus, airplane). If you need a taxi, request one with a plexiglass.
  • Avoid using the elevator, do not move on the condominium's public premises, and do not use the condominium's sauna. Avoid touching banisters and other surfaces that other people touch.
  • Remember to observe good cough, sniffle, and hand hygiene.
  • You can engage in outdoor activities but avoid other people. Keep at least a 2-meter a distance to passers-by.

Shortening the duration of quarantine as regards those placed in quarantine before January 6, 2022:

The general possibility of shortening the duration of quarantine with a negative PCR test result has been suspended until further notice, because of prioritizing the COVID-19 testing capacity.

The possibility of shortening the duration of quarantine with a negative PCR test will only remain in force as regards necessary social welfare and health care personnel. A test that may shorten the duration of your quarantine may be taken at the earliest 6 days after the latest exposure. For example, you were exposed on August 8. -> the test can be taken at the earliest on August 16. A sample taken earlier will not shorten the duration of your quarantine. You cannot shorten the duration of your quarantine with a negative Coronavirus home test. Employees shall observe their employers’ instructions for getting access to testing.