Official information on the novel corona virus

There is a risk of being infected with the coronavirus in Sweden. The Public Health Agency (“Folkhälsomyndigheten”) advises all those with symptoms to reduce the risk of spreading the virus by avoiding social contact. Those above the age of 70 are advised to avoid social contact as age is one of the risk factors. Below you can find information about the virus, spreading and the public management of the outbreak.
Undersökning av coronavirus på sjukhuset Charité i Berlin, Tyskland. Foto: Christophe Gateau/TT.

You will find our latest news about covid-19 here.

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 are feeling ill with symptoms such as nasal congestion, respiratory infection, coughing, or fever, even with mild symptoms.
  • avoid visiting older people. Those aged over 70 are advised to limit contact with other people as far as possible for some time ahead.
  • wash your hands often with hot water and soap. 

Avoid social contact if you have symptoms or are aged over 70

The Public Health Agency of Sweden advises all those with symptoms, even mild, to avoid social contact in order to avoid infecting others. This applies to both work and private life.

Stay at home if you feel unwell. Wait at least two days after you have recovered before returning to work or school.

• Those aged over 70 are advised to limit contact with other people as far as possible for some time ahead. This also applies to those who feel well.

It is particularly important that those of you providing care for the elderly in nursing homes or medical facilities do not to go to work if you have any symptoms of respiratory infection.

• You should avoid visiting elderly relatives unless absolutely essential, even if you show no signs of infection. Avoid all but essential visits to hospitals and elderly care facilities/nursing homes, and do not visit if you have any symptoms of respiratory infection. 

Common symptoms of Covid-19

  • cough  
  • fever  
  • shortness of breath  
  • runny nose  
  • sore throat  
  • headache  
  • muscle or joint pain  
  • nausea 

Most people who get the virus do not become seriously ill, but a number of cases with more severe symptoms including breathing difficulties and pneumonia have been reported. There are no signs of persistent chronic conditions after recovery. 

Risk groups

A review of available studies linked to the outbreak of covid-19 shows that older age is a high risk factor and thus constitutes a risk group. People of older age who also have an underlying illness or health condition, such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, lung disease or diabetes are also somewhat overrepresented among the severe cases.

Avoid unnecessary trips in Sweden

Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Public Health Agency recommends that everyone consider whether planned trips in Sweden are necessary. Those who are sick are advised not to travel at all.  

Work from home

Employers who have the option of letting employees work from home may consider recommending that. This could have some dampening effect on the dissemination - and thus relieve healthcare services - especially in the Stockholm region.

If you feel worried

If you fell worried about the coronavirus, you can call the Red Cross Sweden hotline 0771-900 800 Monday-Friday between 1200 and 1600.
You can also contact Priest on duty at the Church of Sweden through their chat or by sending an e-mail (digitalt brev). You can also reach Priest on duty through emergency number 112.

Prohibition of public gatherings with more than 50 people

From Sunday, March 29, public gatherings and public events may have a maximum of 50 participants. The decision was made by the government on Friday (March 27).
The reason is to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease covid-19.The police can cancel or dissolve a public gathering or public event with more than 50 participants. Anyone who organizes an event that violates the ban can be sentenced to a fine or imprisonment for a maximum of six months.

National ban on visiting retirement homes

The government has decided to impose a ban on visiting all of the country's retirement homes to prevent the spread of COVID 19. The decision will go into effect on 1 April.
The decision is general. The operations manager for a residence may in individual instances allow exceptions to the ban if there are special circumstances which motivate an exception and if the risk of spreading the corona virus is small.

Look first for information online

The authorities telephone services are under high pressure.

  • You should primarily search for information on this website where you will find official and verified information from the authorities handling the outbreak of the coronavirus. You will also find answers to the most frequently asked questions on the website of the Public Health Agency of Sweden
  • If you have general questions and you can't find your answer online, you can call the national information number 113 13. 
  • If you need medical assistance you should contact 1177, Vårdguiden.  Read more about how and when you should contact healthcare services at 1177 Healthcare Guide.
  • The emergency number 112 is only to be used for emergencies and life-threatening situations, and shall not be used if you have questions regarding the coronavirus.

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