Symptoms, suspected infection and monitoring health

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  • Wash your hands with soap under running water, alcohol-based hand disinfectants should be used, if necessary.

  • Avoid contact. Keep a distance of at least 2 metres with people, who are coughing or sneezing. If you stand too close to a person with symptoms of the disease, you may contract the disease yourself. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.   If you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with contaminated hands, it is possible that the virus will be transmitted to you as well. 

  • Monitor your health and stay at home. If you have a fever, cough or breathing difficulties, seek help early. Call your family doctor of the GP hotline at 1220 (in the current situation the call is free of charge).  

  • If you have mild symptoms of a respiratory disease, carefully observe the regular hand hygiene guidelines and, stay at home until you have recovered.

  • If you sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with a single use tissue. Throw it into the bin immediately after, and then clean your hands. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (the inside of your elbow), but do not use your bare hand.  

  • Covering your mouth and nose helps prevent spreading the virus. If you sneeze into a bare hand, you might transfer the contamination and viruses to others as well as to objects that you touch.  

Last updated: 19.05.2020 09:36

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COVID-19 symptoms are nonspecific and their severity can vary. The disease can run its course without symptoms of illness, but infection can also include severe pneumonia, and for people in risk groups, in worst case, the illness can end in death.

For most people infected with the coronavirus, the illness runs its course without complications and they get well. It is important to point out that the virus risk group includes the elderly and people with chronic diseases, who exhibit the severe forms of the disease more frequently.

Last updated: 02.04.2020 20:08

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If you were in contact with a person infected with the coronavirus, monitor your health over the course of 14 days and if you develop a fever over 38°C, a cough or have difficulty breathing, call a doctor and notify them about the condition of your health. 

Last updated: 01.04.2020 13:51

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  • Discuss it with your family doctor. She will give recommendations to you, depending on the severity of the situation. If your GP cannot be reached or is unavailable, you can call the GP hotline at 1220.
  • You do not have to call an ambulance anymore to give a corona virus sample. Do not go to the medical centre or the ER on your own.
  • Rest up and heal yourself according to the doctor’s recommendations.
  • Stay inside until the doctor says that the risk of infection is gone and follow all the rules for avoiding the risk of infection at home.

Infected people in a serious condition should call the ambulance.

More exact instructions at

Last updated: 26.04.2020 21:37

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Monitor your health and consult your employer as to whether it is possible to work remotely. Keep away from other people while complying with all the hygiene rules.

If you have no health complaints, and you have not been in contact with an infected person, your doctor has no reason to give you sick leave.

However, exposure to an infected person is treated equally as disease. Your doctor can give you

  • medical incapacity certificate if you have been in contact with a person diagnosed with the coronavirus,
  • care leave if your child has been in contact with a person diagnosed with the coronavirus.

As of May 18th you can no longer use the opportunity available during the emergency period to use website to apply for the medical incapacity to work certificate.

NB! The medical leave or care leave certificate can be issued by your doctor only if your employer has officially registered your employment and you have a valid health insurance.

Last updated: 19.05.2020 09:35

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If possible, the spouse should remain at home for 14 days.

Last updated: 01.04.2020 09:25

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Yes, as of 19 March, you can use the self-assessment environment By answering some simple questions, the tool will help you assess your risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus. By responding to the survey, the user of the environment will receive further recommendations on how to act in his/her situation.

The web-based solution was born on 13-15 March at a hackathon organised by Garage48 and Accelerate Estonia, which aimed to develop solutions that help to mitigate the situation created by the spread of coronavirus. One of the solutions was the development of an online assessment questionnaire, created by the startup Montonio Finance, which now cooperates with the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Health Board to run the environment.

Last updated: 02.04.2020 20:09

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If a factory worker exhibits symptoms (cough, breathing difficulties or fever) that may indicate an acute respiratory infection, including coronavirus, he/she should stay at home immediately and contact their general practitioner who will arrange for testing if necessary.

Other members of the workforce should monitor their health and, if symptoms occur, stay at home and contact their general practitioner. In order to protect themselves and others, all members of the workforce should follow hygiene requirements and wash their hands frequently.

Last updated: 01.04.2020 09:27

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If your colleague tested positive for the corona virus, you are also recommended to stay at home for 14 days to monitor your health.

Last updated: 29.04.2020 11:43

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A person is infectious up to 14 days after the first symptoms of the disease have appeared.

In order to declare someone recovered the person has to be at least two days fever-free, and at least one day without respiratory symptoms (cough and throat pain). Decisions regarding the health status, and return to the society will be made by the family physician.

Last updated: 12.04.2020 13:10

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Isolation at home is a measure of prevention, to keep the disease from spreading. The less people move around and the less they have social contact, the smaller the risk of the infection spreading. The period is 14 days, because that is how long it might take for symptoms of illness to appear. If symptoms do appear, you have to stay at home until you are well, but if your condition worsens, you should call the ambulance.

Generally, the COVID-19 disease passes lightly, but those in danger include elderly people and those with a weaker immune system, in whose case the symptoms may develop into a severe case of pneumonia. When you stay at home, you keep the virus away from these kinds of people.

Last updated: 30.03.2020 23:25

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  • Monitor the health of your staff. Send home any staff who have the symptoms listed above and give them instructions to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Any member of staff who has come into contact with an infected person must monitor their own health, and if symptoms appear, they should remain at home for 14 days and follow the self-isolation guidelines.
  • Keep a minimum of two-metre distance from all customers.
  • Arrange for your staff a possibility to wash their hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, at least once every two hours.
  • If it is not possible to wash hands, they should disinfect their hands with antiseptic handwash with a minimum 70% ethanol content, if possible. Hands that are visibly dirty must certainly be washed.
  • Recommend that staff who come into contact with customers to wear rubber gloves as well as textile gloves. Hands should be disinfected before gloves are put on and after they are taken off. When taking gloves off, pinch the material of the other glove from the section of the glove between the palm and the wrist; pull the glove off so that it turns inside out, with the contaminated side inside. Please note that single-use gloves should not be washed or disinfected and should be removed on leaving the cash register and disposed into a bag which can be closed.
  • When using masks, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for maximum usage time.
  • Work garments, including textile gloves, should be washed after every shift, at the highest temperature allowed for the material. Work shoes should also be cleaned after every shift.
  • Minimise contact with the customers for these members of the staff who belong to risk groups, particularly older employees or those with chronic illnesses or immune-compromised persons.
  • If possible, arrange to work in one shift, or organise the handing over of the shift so that the employees of different shifts would not mingle.
  • Guidelines and instructions:

Last updated: 06.04.2020 14:04

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None whatsoever. Ether is a liquid which induces intoxication and consuming just 30ml can cause serious damage to your health, 60ml may prove fatal.

Last updated: 06.04.2020 12:09

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You have to stay at home if you came into contact with an infected person or you are symptomatic (you have a cough, trouble breathing or a fever).

If your colleague gets symptoms that indicate an acute respiratory infection, including the coronavirus, he has to go home immediately and contact his family doctor who organizes his testing for the coronavirus, should it be necessary.

If your colleague's corona test results were positive, the employer has to establish his immediate contacts. If you are among these, you have to stay home for 14 days and monitor your health. As contact with an infected person is considered equivalent to getting infected, the doctor can issue you a certificate for sick leave.

You can register for a certificate for sick leave at the patient portal The family doctor confirms the need for a certificate for sick leave. If it turns out that there is no basis for getting a certificate for sick leave after all, you will not be paid the sickness benefit. For instance, the doctor has no reason to give a certificate for sick leave if you are in good health and you have not come into contact with anybody who has the coronavirus.

Last updated: 23.04.2020 08:55

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More information about the coronavirus and restrictions related to it is available calling 1247 (from abroad +372 600 1247).