About the coronavirus for the guardians

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2020-03-02 11:13

If you suspect you have contracted an infectious disease, stay at home and ask for advice by phone​.

If you are ill, do not go to school, day care or work. If you or your child have a high fever and respiratory symptoms, call your health centre. Stay at home while you await further instructions. This helps us prevent the disease from spreading.

  • Telephone service of Espoo’s health centres, tel. 09 816 34500, Mon–Fri 7:00–18:00
  • The chat service of Espoo’s health centres: Health centres, open Mon–Fri at 9:00–15:00
  • Oma Lääkärisi Espoontori, tel. 09 855 4303, Mon–Fri 8:00–16:00
  • Oma Lääkärisi Matinkylä, tel. 09 855 4100, Mon–Fri 7:00–18:00
  • The health centres also offer video appointments with on-call nurses. Book an appointment at: espoo.terveytesi.fi
  • The Medical Helpline will help you in the evening and at weekends when health centres are closed. Tel. 116 117.

Hand hygiene is the best way to prevent respiratory infections

  • Keep your hands clean. Always wash your hands when you come to day care or home and before every meal.
  • The best way to wash your hands is to use warm water and liquid soap.
  • If there is no water and liquid soap available, use a hand sanitiser that contains alcohol.
  • Do not touch your face around the mouth and nose unless you have just washed your hands.
  • If you cough or sneeze, do it properly. Sneeze into your upper sleeve or a disposable tissue.

It is usually not necessary to wear a face mask to cover your nose and mouth to avoid an infection. Using a mask may be useful for persons who already have an infection and have to spend time in public areas. A mask will prevent them from spreading the infection to others.

Further information about the novel coronavirus on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL):

Latest information of the situation: How is the epidemic developing globally and in Finland? What regions are at risk of coronavirus infection?
Frequently asked questions (in Finnish) Are travel restrictions required? Is it safe to receive international visitors? Can a person returning from the epidemic area go back to work or day care?
Instructions for people travelling in the epidemic area and passengers arriving in Finland