Isolation, quarantine or self-isolation?
Isolation refers to isolating a patient with an infectious disease from healthy people. Quarantine refers to limiting the freedom of movement of a healthy person. Isolation or quarantine is always ordered by a doctor of infectious diseases. When you have a doctor’s certificate, you can apply for infectious diseases allowance from Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland. (Link: Sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease).
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
Latest information and instructions regarding coronavirus in Turku:
According to the Communicable Diseases Act (1227/2016), the chief physician responsible for communicable diseases in a municipality or hospital district can order people into quarantine if they have been exposed (or there are grounds to suspect they have been exposed) to a generally hazardous infectious disease.
Frequently asked questions about quarantine (the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)
Are people in quarantine tested?
If a person in quarantine experiences symptoms, they are advised to get tested for coronavirus.
Can a person in quarantine go outside or go to a store?
If you are in quarantine, you should avoid close contact with people outside your family. You can go outside if you avoid going near other people. You cannot go to work, school, your hobbies or shops because it is difficult to avoid close contact in these places.
Can quarantine always take place at home?
Quarantine can usually take place at home. However, if there are people over 70 years of age or people with underlying conditions living in your home, special arrangements may be considered. This is because the person in quarantine may fall ill and pass the disease on to others before accessing treatment. The illness caused by coronavirus may be serious for elderly people and people with underlying conditions.
If you have been ordered into quarantine or isolation
Specific instructions for home quarantine or isolation:
If you experience symptoms while you are in quarantine, please contact:
- The centralised coronavirus helpline of school and student health care, tel. +358 2 266 2012 (Mon–Thu 8 am–3 pm and Fri 8 am–12 noon)
- If you are an comprehensive school student call to the centralised coronavirus helpline of school and student health care, tel. +358 2 266 2012 (open between 8 am and 11 am from Mon to Fri)
- Upper secondary school students and vocational school students may call to the centralised student health care appointment booking number: +358 2 266 1570 (open between 8 am and 3 pm from Mon to Thu and between 8 am and 13 pm on Fri).
- The City of Turku coronavirus helpline, tel. +358 2 266 2714 (weekdays, 8 am–3 pm)
- Joint emergency services of the Turku region, tel. +358 2 313 8800
- Medical Helpline (during weekends), tel. 116 117
Quarantine practices to change for people who have been vaccinated or have contracted COVID-19 (19.5)
On 18 May, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has amended its guidelines on quarantine practices for those who have been vaccinated or have contracted COVID-19. In the future, a person exposed to the coronavirus will not be quarantined in the following cases:
- The person has received both doses and at least one week has passed since the second dose
- The person has received the first dose within 6 months of being diagnosed with the coronavirus infection and at least one week has passed since the vaccination
- The person has a doctor’s certificate for a coronavirus infection diagnosed less than 6 months ago.
Your infectious disease doctor may decide otherwise in the assessment, and factors that may affect the effectiveness of the vaccine must be taken into account. The factors include the local mutant strain situation, age and underlying health conditions. The amended quarantine guidelines also apply to social and health care professionals.