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.
  • If you meet people that you usually do not meet, avoid being close to one another in confined spaces for longer periods of time. Try to meet outdoors, if possible.
  • 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 (Folkhälsomyndigheten) 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 home. This applies even if you feel a bit sick and are not certain if it is due to Covid-19. 

  • Get tested. Adults and children as young as preschool age are advised to get tested for ongoing infection. While you are waiting to get tested and the results, you should act on the presumption that you have Covid-19, in other words stay at home, avoid close contact with other persons, and observe hygiene procedures.

If Covid-19 is confirmed

  • 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 the 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.
  • Get tested, stay at home from work and school, and avoid contact with others until you have received a negative test result or, in case Covid-19 is verified, for at least seven days, with a fever-free period of the last two days.

If you have met someone with Covid-19 and you have symptoms

  • If you know that you have met someone with Covid-19 and you develop symptoms, please follow the instructions under the heading ”If Covid-19 is confirmed” above. If someone in your household has Covid-19, please follow the instructions under the heading "If someone in the household has confirmed Covid-19”.

If you have met someone with Covid-19 and you do not have symptoms

  • If you have met someone with Covid-19 and you have no symptoms, remember that you may still be infected. Be aware of any symptoms you develop throughout the incubation period. This is the number of days between when you're infected and when you might see symptoms. It is usually 5 days, but may vary between 2 and 7 days, and in exceptional cases up to 14 days.
  • You should avoid close contact with other people during the incubation period. 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 it has been free from fever for the last two days and is in general good health, the child can go back to pre-school, even if it still has mild symptoms such as a light cough or sniffling.

If you are vaccinated 

  • Three weeks after the first dose, people who have been vaccinated may meet indoors with others from a few different households.
  • The basic advice of staying home if you are ill, washing your hands, keeping your distance and testing yourself for symptoms still applies to everyone in society. 

Advice on face masks

  • 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 distance and ensuring that hands are kept thoroughly clean.
  • Here, you find advice about protective measures and masks from the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten).

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