Patient instructions for persons placed in quarantine at home

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If you have been placed in quarantine due to exposure to an infectious disease, you will have to restrict your daily activities until your doctor or nurse tells you otherwise.

Stay at home, do not visit other people and do not invite anyone to your home. Your nurse or doctor will monitor your health as needed through phone calls during the quarantine.

During quarantine you are not allowed to:

  • Go to work.
  • Go to school or other places of study.
  • Go to shops, shopping centres or other public places.
  • Go to a swimming pool or other sports facilities.
  • Go to other recreational facilities.
  • Go to theatres, cinemas, restaurants or bars.
  • Use public transport such as trains, buses or taxis.
  • Invite people to your home or visit other people.
  • Hire a cleaner or other people to work at your home.

At home

  • Sleep alone in a separate room.
  • Air the room every morning and evening for at least 15 minutes by opening the window.
  • If you live with people who have been infected, avoid unnecessary close contact with them.
  • Cover your mouth and nose properly with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not into your hand. Place the tissue into a plastic bag immediately after use and close the bag and/or put it in a waste container. Wash your hands with water and soap and/or use hand sanitiser.
  • You can wash your dishes as usual.
  • Wash your clothes and bed linen in the washing machine according to their normal instructions.
  • You can clean your home as usual. We recommend that you use a HEPA filter in your vacuum cleaner.
  • Refrigerator doors, remote controls and other surfaces that people touch often must be cleaned thoroughly.
  • Any stains that contain body fluids (such as vomit and sputum) must be cleaned with a chlorinated disinfectant. The concentration of the solution should be 500 ppm. Read the dilution instructions on the label of the disinfectant bottle.

Outside your home

  • You may spend time on your balcony or outdoors near your home, but you are not allowed to be in direct contact with people who do not share a home with you. 
  • If you have pets that need to be walked, you should preferably ask someone who is not in quarantine to do it, especially if you live in an urban area. You can also ask someone else to take care of your pets while you are in quarantine. Otherwise you can walk your pets as long as you avoid direct contact with other people.


  • Ask someone else, who is not in quarantine, to bring you groceries. You can also use an online service to have food delivered to your home. However, remember that you have to avoid contact with the delivery person during payment and delivery.

Additional information

  • Infectious disease allowance is paid as compensation for loss of income if you have been placed in quarantine or isolation or ordered to stay away from work to prevent an infectious disease from spreading. You may receive this allowance even if you are not incapable of working. The doctor responsible for infectious disease control in your hospital district or municipality has made a written decision to place you in quarantine. You can use this decision or a medical certificate A, signed by one of the above-mentioned doctors, when claiming sickness allowance for the duration of your quarantine. As a guardian of a child under the age of 16, you may receive a sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease if you cannot go to work because your child has been ordered to stay at home due to an infectious disease. Read more about the infectious disease allowance and how to apply it at Kela's website
  • If you need an ambulance during quarantine, tell the dispatcher that you are in quarantine when you call the emergency response centre. 
  • Breaking quarantine is punishable by law. Any person who commits a health protection violation may be sentenced to a fine or to imprisonment for a maximum of three months (Criminal Code of Finland, chapter 44, section 2).

If you get symptoms