Wednesday 9/29/21
CORONAVIRUS

THL recommends shortening Covid-19 quarantine period to 10 days

Quarantine can be further reduced if the exposed person undergoes a coronavirus test on the sixth day and the result is negative
THL Chief Physician Taneli Puumalainen, during the weekly press conference on the development of the epidemic. Photo: Laura Kotila/Vnk/file photo.
THL Chief Physician Taneli Puumalainen. Photo: Laura Kotila/Vnk/file photo.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has changed its recommendation on the duration of quarantine in cases of possible exposure to the Covid-19 virus.

The health agency now recommends reducing this period to 10 days, instead of the previous 14 days.

THL says that the change in the recommendation is due to the fact that the new information available shows that a shorter quarantine period - in which people see their fundamental rights reduced - is enough to prevent the spread of the virus.

Quarantine can be further reduced if the exposed person undergoes a coronavirus test on the sixth day and the result is negative.

The change in the recommendation on the duration of the quarantine took effect on Monday 2 August. It does not affect quarantines initiated before its entry into force.

In case of symptoms

Although the quarantine period is shortened to 10 days, the exposed person should monitor for symptoms 14 days after the start of exposure. If symptoms occur, the test should be done immediately.

In some specific situations, a longer quarantine period may still be warranted, THL says.

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