The Finnish institute for health and welfare recommends corona-testing school-age children for even with mild symptoms

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The Finnish institute for health and welfare updated it’s policy on Friday 11 September regarding children and coronavirus. According to the policy, children should be tested for the coronavirus if they display symptoms according to a guardian or a healthcare professional.

Testing is especially important if the child or a family member has been exposed to a coronavirus or has returned from abroad less than two weeks ago.

Under school-age children can be monitored at home for a couple of days if they have mild symptoms. Symptoms are considered mild if the child is alert and plays, even if they have fever, cough or a runny nose. The child is not permitted to attend early childhood education if they have any symptoms. If all symptoms go away during the monitoring, the child can attend early childhood education after one full day of no symptoms.

If child has allergies, isolated sneezing or a runny nose when outside, but it stops when inside, the child can attend school or early childhood education, if there is no symptoms and the child otherwise feels normal.

Additional information and instructions on the Finnish institute for health and welfare website.