Updated March 23, 2020
The rapid increase in the incidences of coronavirus in the Nordic countries and Southern Finland predict that an increase in coronavirus incidences in the Oulu region takes place in the near future. Therefore, it is important that the Government's recommendations are followed. So, please wash your hands thoroughly and avoid social contacts and unnecessary travelling. Please, do not visit older people or others at risk. All other visits should also be avoided.
If you have symptoms of respiratory tract inflammation
The symptoms of respiratory infection caused by coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Flu and influenza viruses also cause similar symptoms. Therefore, symptoms alone do not tell whether you have normal flu or coronavirus infection.
If your symptoms are mild, stay at home
Most patients with coronavirus recover in a week and without needing medical attention. It is important that you stay at home when sick and that you do not go to work if you have any symptoms. Also, grandparents must not take care for their sick grandchildren. Mild cases are not tested for the virus. You can assess your symptoms online at Omaolo (in Finnish and Swedish). Based on your symptoms, you will receive instructions on how to proceed.
If your symptoms require urgent treatment
If your symptoms require urgent treatment or evaluation, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line 08 558 41414. The line is open from Mon to Thu from 8am to 4pm and Fri from 8am to 3pm. In the evenings and on weekends, you can call the Oulu University Hospital’s health guidance helpline on 08 315 2655.
By calling the Info Line you will receive instructions on how to proceed. If necessary, you will be referred to a Coronavirus Health Care Hub in Kontinkangas or Haukipudas, or to the hospital.
Symptoms that require an evaluation from a medical professional include weak general condition, clearly prolonged fever and hardness of breath.
In an emergency, call 112.
The national helpline 029 553 5535 gives you advice on weekdays 8:00–21:00 and on Saturdays 9:00–15:00. The helpline provides general information on coronavirus but does not provide health counselling or guidance in case of acute symptoms.
More information on coronavirus COVID-19 (Finnish institute for health and welfare THL)
Information on coronavirus in different languages (Finnish institute for health and welfare THL)
First time published March 12, 2020.