Slow down the spread of Covid-19

In order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, it is important for everyone to take responsibility. This is made sure by taking the following actions:
  • Stay at home if you have symptoms. Common symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep your distance from other people, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Be careful when visiting people who are aged 70+ or belong to an at-risk group. The Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) has information about how you can socialise safely.
  • Avoid large social gatherings. 

The Public Health Agency of Sweden - Protect yourself and others from spread of infection

Also check what local recommendations apply in the region you visit.

If you are ill

It is vital that you stay home if you feel ill and for as long as you are ill, so as not to risk infecting others. Stay at home for at least seven days after you fell ill. You must also have been free of any fever for two days before going back to work or school. If you are unable to self-care at home, call 1177 for medical advice. 

If you have a confirmed Covid-19 infection, you must stay at home for at least seven days after you fell ill. You must also have been free of any fever for two days and clearly feel better. Symptoms such as a dry cough or loss of smell or taste can persist after you have become free of a Covid-19 infection. 

If you have met with someone who has a confirmed Covid-19 infection

  • If you start to experience symptoms, you must isolate yourself and contact healthcare to get tested. While waiting for your results, you must stay at home and avoid close contact with others.
  • If you do not experience symptoms, you must still be aware that you could be infected. Avoid close contact with other people for the first while. If possible, you should work from home.

If a member of your household has symtoms of covid-19

If a person in a household falls ill with fever, a cough or other symptoms of Covid-19, he or she must self-isolate in the home. If possible, the person who is ill must self-isolate in their own room.

Bear in mind:

  • Try to keep at least an arm’s-length distance from the person who is ill. 
  • Wash your hands as frequently as possible with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Always wash your hands before meals, when handling food and after visiting the toilet.
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow or a tissue. Always dispose of tissues in a waste bin and wash your hands afterwards.

If you live with someone who has Covid-19, it is extra important to be aware of whether you are exhibiting any symptoms. This applies for the entire incubation time (2-14 days, most commonly 5 days).

If a member of your household has symtoms of covid-19

If somebody in your household has been confirmed to have covid-19 you may be subjected to special rules and contacted by an contagion tracker for more information about what applies.

The rules may include that you are not allowed to go to work for seven days.

The Public Health Agency recommends the following exceptions:

  • Children and students in preschools, primary schools and corresponding school forms as well as upper secondary schools may continue to go to school.
  • Those who have previously tested positive for covid-19 or been confirmed to have antibodies in the last six months are excluded.

Younger children

The most common symptoms of Covid-19 in children and youth are a new cough and/or fever. Other common ailments are a sore throat, difficulty breathing, general muscle pain, runny nose, nasal congestion, and a headache. Gastrointestinal disorders, especially diarrhea and vomiting, are more common in children than in adults. If the symptoms are mild and the child is otherwise alert, the symptoms should not be considered a sign of Covid-19. If the ailments continue throughout the day, this may be a sign of new infection, and the child should go home or stay at home.

What applies for preschool? 

The Public Health Agency of Sweden does not recommend that preschool-aged children are tested if they have symptoms of Covid-19. If the child has symptoms, the child must stay at home as long as there are symptoms, plus an additional two days. If it has been seven days since the illness and the last two days have been without fever and with good overall condition, the child may return to preschool even if he or she still has mild symptoms, for example a slight cough or cold. This is because during normal recovery, one does not infect others with Covid-19 after seven days. The above is to be repeated with each new infection case.
More information is available from the Public Health Agency (In Swedish).

Advice on face masks

There is no general requirement to wear a face mask in public. Here, you find advice about protective measures and masks from the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten).

Work from home if possible

Work from home if this is possible, in consultation with your employer. This will contribute towards less crowding in, for example, public transport. The purpose is to reduce the rate at which the infection spreads. 

The Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket) tips for those working from home

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