On Saturday, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) tightened its quarantine guidelines for those returning from travel abroad.
Self-isolation guidelines have been tightened. The isolation recommendation now also applies to children, that is to say no one should attend day care or school if they have travelled to a travel restriction country.
The self-isolation recommendation is valid even if you have been tested for the coronavirus and have received a negative result. A negative test result does not exclude infection after the test has been taken or an infection that is incubating.
For more information, please visit the THL website.
Do not attend early childhood education when showing any symptoms, get tested for the coronavirus on a low-threshold basis
If a child has even mild respiratory symptoms, they should be taken to a coronavirus test on a low-threshold basis. If the test result is negative and the symptoms are clearly decreasing, you may attend day care even if the symptoms have not completely disappeared. However, before receiving the final test result, contact with others should be avoided. If the symptoms start again or increase later, a new test should be taken.
If the symptoms abate clearly after starting allergy medication, it can be considered they were caused by an allergy; however, you must wait for the symptoms to abate before your child may attend day care.
In case of the coronavirus, the child must stay at home for at least 14 days. If the child still shows symptoms on the 14th day or after, they must stay at home until he or she has been asymptomatic for at least two days.
We would like to remind you that the guidelines and recommendations issued by authorities will be updated, and you should follow the valid recommendations closely.