Good national and local cooperation on preventing coronavirus
Coronavirus infections are prevented in the same way as other respiratory infections: the most important means are good hand hygiene and a proper way of coughing and blowing one's nose. Wash your hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds whenever you come inside, before cooking and eating, after using the restroom, as well as after blowing your nose, coughing and sneezing. Avoid touching your face unnecessarily. When coughing or sneezing, protect your mouth and nose with a disposable handkerchief, and throw it in the trash can immediately afterward. If you do not have a handkerchief, cough or sneeze into the upper part of your sleeve. Be sure to teach the above practices to children as well.
“For the time being, the situation in Vantaa is quite good. We have not verified a single case of corona infection. At the moment, six exposed persons are in home quarantine,” tells Kirsi Valtonen, the doctor responsible for communicable diseases at Vantaa Health Services.
Finland cooperates very well on communicable diseases both nationally and locally. The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the HUS hospital district monitor the situation together and will specify measures to be taken as required.
According to Kirsi Valtonen, the coronavirus is beginning to increasingly resemble an ordinary seasonal flu that may be dangerous to the old and to those with chronic diseases. Few children have become ill with the coronavirus, and even they have had minor symptoms.
If you are a Vantaa resident and suspect coronavirus, you can call:
health centers’ phone service, tel. 09 839 50 000, on weekdays at 8-16 and
online health counseling outside office hours: On-call help 116 117.
Very soon contacts regarding the coronavirus can also be made by email. ”We are doing our utmost to make the email service at: firstname.lastname@example.org fast,” comments Kirsi Valtonen, the doctor in charge of communicable diseases.
The City of Vantaa's current instructions if you suspect coronavirus
More detailed information on coronavisus on THL's website.