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WHEN YOU ARE WORRIED OR ANXIOUS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS 

It is normal that the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the restrictive measures connected to slowing it down cause worry. Sadness, confusion, fear, anxiety, and feelings of hate are also normal reactions in these situations. 

Talk about your worries and feelings with your loved ones and friends. If you feel very troubled, seek counselling. Low-threshold counselling is available at the MIELI Mental Health Finland crisis hotline at +358 9 2525 0113 and the Sekasin chat.

Nyyti organises a group chat called “Anxious about the coronavirus?” on Thursday 31 March from 3 pm to 5 pm. 

Nyyti will also organise group chats in Swedish and Finnish for discussing the anxiety caused by the coronavirus. This spring’s chat programme includes also group chats about how to improve your study techniques and how to take care of your wellbeing during the coronavirus situation. Check all  Nyyti’s chats in English. 

Nyyti’s Hengähdystauko (“breathing space”) section (available only in Finnish) provides good exercises for calming down the mind. 

You can also read about ways to alleviate worry on the Mental Health Foundation website. 

Mielenterveystalo.fi  (“The Mental Hub”) offers good self-care instructions (information available only in Finnish and Swedish). 

It is important to keep some healthy distance from the news flow and to follow reliable sources. Reliable info can be found in Terveystalo.fi (“the Health Village’s Infection Hub)”, including a coronabot currently in trial use (information is available only in Finnish) as well as in the website of Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) 

Despite these unusual conditions, it is important to try to stick to everyday routines whenever possible. Remember to sleep, eat, and exercise. Keep in touch with your loved ones and friends.  Remember to also do things that give you pleasure. 

 

IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS 

In Finland, the current situation is that the spreading of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has accelerated. The virus causes respiratory symptoms resembling influenza. Most patients only get mild symptoms. 

If you only suffer from minor symptoms and do not belong in a high-risk group, rest and recuperate at home until you no longer have any symptoms. Mild symptoms include a runny or stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, feeling feverish, or a moderate fever.  Here you can see the home care instructions provided by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (information available only in Finnish). 

Call your local health centre or first aid unit if you have severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, and your general condition worsens. Healthcare professionals will provide you with instructions on how to act. 

If you belong to a high-risk group, you should contact your health centre or a doctor sooner. If you belong to a high-risk group, immediately call the health centre if you have 

  • a sudden fever (38 degrees or over) and 
  • you also have a sore throat and/or cough. 

Read more about the coronavirus and seeking treatment from Terveystalo.fi (“the Health Village’s Infection Hub”) (information available only in Finnish). 

More information can be found on the websites of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and the Finnish Student Health Service FSHS.