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What to do if a coronavirus infection is suspected?

At the beginning of the year, an epidemic caused by the new coronavirus COVID-19 began in China. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales.

The virus causes respiratory symptoms similar to those caused by influenza. Some of those infected can also develop pneumonia. However, the majority of those that contract the virus develop only mild symptoms.

Suspicion of coronavirus always requires:

1. Having been present in the  epidemic area or confirmed close contact with a coronavirus patient within 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. See epidemic areas on THL website. 

AND

2. The patient has fever, a respiratory infection with a cough or breathing difficulties.

What to do if a coronavirus infection is suspected?

If you suspect you have been infected with the coronavirus, you should always first contact your local health centre BY TELEPHONE Mon-Thu 8 am-4 pm and Fri 8 am-2.15 pm. In this way it is possible to estimate the risk of infection.

If the symptoms and possible exposure support the diagnosis, the health centre doctor will contact Vaasa Central Hospital for further guidance. This is important because suspected cases of coronavirus infection are taken directly to an isolated hospital emergency room, without passing through the general hospital areas.

The medical staff at the Vaasa health centres have been instructed on how to manage suspected virus infections.

If suspicion of infection arises outside office hours Mon-Thu 4 pm – 8 am and Fri 2:15 pm – Mon 8:00 am, the patient should contact the Central Hospital Emergency Clinic directly BY TELEPHONE:
primarily call 116 117.

How to protect yourself against a coronavirus infection?

Coronavirus infections can be prevented by good hand and cough hygiene:
• Wash hands with soap and water
• Use hand disinfectants
• Cough into a tissue or into a sleeve, not loosely facing other people or using the palm of your hand

For more information, visit the THL website:

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Published: 03.03.2020