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.
  • Keep your distance from other people and avoid crowded places.
  • Avoid close contacts with others and only gather in small groups.
  • Work from your home as often as you can.
  • Travel in a way that minimises the risk of infection.
  • Be careful when visiting people who are aged 70+ or belong to an at-risk group. The Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkh√§lsomyndigheten) has information about how you can socialise safely. 

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

If you are unwell or experiencing symtoms

  • Stay at home for at least 7 full days, starting from when the symptoms first occur. You need to be completely free of fever for the last two days before returning. This applies to both children and adults.
  • Adults and children as young as pre-school age are advised to get tested for ongoing infection.
  • Avoid contact with others and stay at home.

If you are confirmed to have Covid-19

  • Follow the rules of conduct given by your doctor at the time your positive test result was given.
  • Stay at home for at least seven full days, starting from the first day that the symptoms occur. You should be completely free from fever for the final two full days. This applies to both adults and children.

If anyone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19

  • Try to keep at least one arm-length distance from the person who is ill.
  • Wash your hands as often as possible with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Be aware if you are getting symptoms. This applies for the entire incubation time (2-14 days, most commonly 5 days). 
  • Work from home if possible.

If someone in the household has confirmed Covid-19

  • You will receive special rules of conduct from the Regional infection tracker. The rules may include that both adults and children must stay at home and not go to work, school or preschool for seven days. You have the right to apply for carrier allowance from the Health Insurance Fund for lost income.
  • After the restrictions have ceased, everyone in the household should be aware of symptoms and minimise their contact with others for another seven days.
  • You who have previously tested positive for Covid-19 or been confirmed to have antibodies in the last six months are exempt from the rules.


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 child of pre-school age develops symptoms

  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden does not recommend that pre-school aged children should be tested if they have symptoms of Covid-19.
  • If the child is experiencing symptoms, they should stay at home as long as the symptoms continue plus an additional two days.
  • If seven days have passed since the child became ill and they have been free from fever for the last two days and in generally good health, the child can go back to pre-school, even if they still have some mild symptoms such as a light cough or sniffling.


Advice on face masks

  • Nationally, masks are recommended in public transport on weekdays between 7-9am and 4-6pm. The recommendation is aimed at people born in 2004 and earlier. However, the Public Health Agency of Sweden does not currently recommend the broader use of masks in public. It is better to focus on maintaining social distancing and ensuring that hands are kept thoroughly clean.
  • Here, you find advice about protective measures and masks from the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkh√§lsomyndigheten).

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