Covid-infection diagnosed on a pupil from Pohjoiskehä school related to earlier case

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A pupil in special education in Pohjoiskehä school has been diagnosed with a Covid-infection on 25 February related to an earlier case diagnosed on a staff member of the school.
32 people were exposed by the pupil’s infection. 26 of these were other pupils.

The guardians of all exposed children were contacted on Monday 1 March by the school and by the healthcare authority.

The quarantine does not apply to family members of the exposed and they can move freely. If a quarantined person gets sick they must be tested and then members of their family must wait for the test results at home. If the quarantined person is a child, one of their parents can stay home and receive infectious disease allowance to compensate for loss of income, if working from home is not possible. There is no reason to test the asymptomatic. Getting tested will not shorten the quarantine.

The incubation period for covid-19 is usually 4 to 5 days, but can vary from 1 to 14. If the exposed person displays even mild symptoms, such as runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever, loss of taste or smell or diarrhea in some cases, they must be tested immediately.