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A schoolchild with symptoms must be tested

The Finnish institute for Health and Welfare, THL, updated on Friday 11 September the instruction for what to do if a child gets a respiratory infection.

The updated instructions states that a child must be tested if they according to their guardian or a health care professional have coronavirus symptoms.

If a child under school age has mild symptoms, the situation can be followed for a couple of days at home. The symptoms are considered mild if the child is energetic and has the energy to play even if they have a cold, cough and fever. A child with symptoms may not attend early childhood education.

A corona test is always necessary if a schoolchild or young person has coronavirus symptoms.

In Helsinki THL’s test instruction is followed. Helsinki informs the guardians about new instructions.

The current instruction is found on THL's page: Children and coronavirus