Koronavilkku app on phone screen. Image capture from Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) Koronavilkku video.

A Koronavilkku alert is reason to get tested even in the absence of any symptoms

The recommendation for users of the Koronavilkku app to get tested was expanded on Thursday 4 March. Now, even those with no symptoms are urged to get tested upon receiving an alert from the app.

If you get a Koronavilkku alert, you can book a test appointment conveniently at omaolo.fi, regardless of whether or not you have symptoms. An alternative method for booking an appointment upon getting an alert is to call the Coronavirus Helpline (tel. 09 310 10024, available every day 8:00–18:00).

Recipients of the mass screening code should also get tested even without symptoms

On 4 March, Helsinki began using a mass screening code, which is sent to persons who are suspected of being exposed to the coronavirus as part of a larger group. The code is sent as a text message by City of Helsinki’s Epidemiological Operations Unit.

All recipients of the mass screening code are urged to get tested for COVID-19. Regardless of whether or not you have symptoms, you can make an appointment through the Omaolo service. If you are unable to use Omaolo, you can make an appointment by calling the number provided with the code. 

“Low-threshold testing is absolutely essential in overcoming the coronavirus outbreak. “It is wonderful that the electronic appointment booking service Omaolo makes it possible for users of the Koronavilkku app and recipients of the mass screening code to make appointments in all cases,” says Medical Director Marja-Liisa Lommi.  

The daily average for coronavirus tests in Helsinki has been 2,700 for the past week. The customer numbers are high. People seek testing through the Omaolo service or the Coronavirus Helpline.

“Residents of Helsinki have been very active in getting the COVID-19 test. We would like to thank everyone for their efforts. Hopefully this trend continues,” says Marja-Liisa Lommi.

Koronavilkku is an application provided by the National Institute for Health and Welfare. More information is available at www.koronavilkku.fi.

Image: Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)