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:

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

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 family is ill

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).

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?

When a child at preschool becomes ill, the child must stay home for at least 48 hours after becoming healthy. Sometimes children in that age range of 1-6 have mild ailments that soon pass, and that are not signs of disease. In such cases, they do not need to stay home from preschool or daycare. Examples of mild ailments are that they may experience a single cough, or their noses may run after being outdoors. In other words, ailments that quickly pass. Therefore, staff can wait for a little while to see whether the ailments seem to continue before sending the child home.

Children who have been home from preschool for 7 days due to an infection and then recover and are alert can go back to preschool even if they still have mild symptoms such as a slight runny nose or cough.  A runny nose and coughs after a common cold are not uncommon and, for some children, may persist for several weeks.  This is not an obstacle to attending preschool. The above applies when a test for Covid-19 has not been performed. Preschool-aged children 1–6 years old do not have to take a Covid-19 test when they are sick, unless a doctor says so.

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, ýou 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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