How can covid-19 affect my health?

Last updated: 12 2 2021

Information about how you can protect yourself and others from being infected with covid-19.

In many cases the illness has similar symptoms to a common cold or flu. Most people who get the illness only become mildly ill, and do not need to contact the health service. By following a few simple rules we can delay the spread of the infection and reduce the number of people who are ill at the same time. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Important precautions to take in order to protect yourself and others

  • Elderly people are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill. It is important, therefore, not visit people in hospital, in sheltered accommodation or in care homes.
  • Stay at home even if it only feels like you have a slight cold.
  • Keep a safe distance from others both indoors and outdoors.
  • Keep a safe distance from others on buses, trains, trams, the metro and other public transport.
  • Avoid festivities, funerals, christenings, parties and weddings.
  • Keep a safe distance from others in sports grounds, public swimming pools and gyms, and avoid changing in public changing rooms.
  • Don't travel during the rush hour if you can avoid it.
  • Limit yourself to necessary travel.
  • If you are 70 or older, it is particulalry important that you restrict social interaction and avoid places where groups of people assemble.

Important phone numbers

  • National helpline about the novel coronavirus in several languages: 08-123 680 00
  • Call 113 13 for answers to any general questions you have about covid-19.
  • If you can't manage self care at home, phone the health care helpline on 1177.
  • In life-threatening situations, call 112.