Protect yourself and others
Everyone can slow down the spread of coronavirus with their own actions. Reducing social contact is now also important for healthy people, as this slows down the spread of the epidemic. Avoid crowds and maintain at least a 1-metre distance from other people. Avoid visiting older people or persons who are chronically ill. The infection is most dangerous for the elderly and the chronically ill patients.
You can also reduce your own and your family members’ infection risk by maintaining good hand hygiene and following the coughing etiquette: External link
Symptoms of a coronavirus may include, for example, cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, headache, shortness of breath, diarrhea, or loss of sense of smell and taste. If you have one or more of these symptoms, contact the health services by calling:
- Call occupational health care, on 03 10023 or +358 3 5657 0023 (every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) or
- Outside health services’ regular opening hours, please call the corona counselling service phone at Tampere University Hospital: 03 311 65333 (open every day 24 hours).
- You will be provided with instructions for seeking treatment over the phone.
You can assess your need for treatment by filling in the symptom assessment form in the Omaolo service at External link . The service is available in English and also in Finnish and Swedish.
Please note! If you have respiratory symptoms, do not go directly to a health centre or emergency service but always call first.
If your coronavirus disease has been confirmed, you will be prescribed isolation. Follow the instructions exactly. You can be isolated in your home, in which case there should only be people from the same household, no visitors. If you feel unwell, call the telephone number provided with the isolation instructions. The duration of isolation is at least 7 days, but always at least throughout the symptomatic period and 1 - 2 asymptomatic days. Isolation must not be stopped by yourself, but it is always stopped by infectious disease professionals.
For general information on the coronavirus, please contact the national telephone advice line: 0295 535 535, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You can find up-to-date information on the National Institute for Health and Welfare’s (THL) website:
A pandemic clinic currently operates in Tampere by appointment. It is only focused on treating patients with respiratory symptoms. Other urgent matters are handled at health centres as usual. Children are treated at the children’s emergency services at Tampere University Hospital or the pandemic clinic depending on the assessment of the need for treatment.
In order to reduce the risk of infection,
you should only visit the pandemic clinic after booking an appointment
by calling either your or the health care counselling
service, tel. 03 10023 or 03 5657 0023 (every day from 7 a.m. to 10
p.m.). During other hours, please contact the first aid unit Acuta
through Tampere University Hospital’s telephone switchboard, tel. 03 311
It is extremely important that you do not visit the pandemic clinic without first booking an appointment and receiving instructions via telephone.