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Published: 14 March 2020 , [Missing text '/pagetypes/nescardpage/atFull' for 'English'] 21:31

Official information from the authorities handling the outbreak of the coronavirus

The risk of contagion of coronavirus in Sweden is considered to be very high. The Public Health Agency of Sweden urges people with symptoms to avoid social contact to prevent the infection of others.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden, The National Board of Health and Welfare, The Swedish Contingencies Agency, SOS alarm, volunteers, businesses and many others are working together intensively, and are taking responsibility to ensure the function of the society, particularly activities of social importance, such as medical care, protection and security, communication, electrical power supply and transportation.

We urge the public to follow the authorities advice, to keep informed, and to help to reduce further contagion, to be able to protect vulnerable groups.

Stay home if you have symptoms

The Public Health Agency of Sweden urges people with symptoms, (even mild ones), to avoid social contact to ensure not spreading the infection to others. This is applied both at work as well as privately. Stay at home as long as you feel sick. Wait at least two whole days after you are free of any symptoms before you return to work or school.

If you are working within elderly care it is of extra importance that you are not going to work if you have any symptoms of respiratory infection. As next of kin you should avoid unnecessary visits to hospitals or retirement homes, and never visit if you have a respiratory infection.

Look first for information online

The authorities telephone services are under high pressure. If you have any questions regarding corona-virus you should primarily search for information at The public health agency´s webpage, 1177.se, and at krisinformation.se, where you will find official and verified information from the authorities handling the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Go to www.krisinformation.se

If you need medical assistance you should contact 1177, Vårdguiden.
If you have general questions and you can´t find your answer online, you can call the national information number 113 13.  The emergency number 112 is only to be used for emergencies and life-threatening situations, and shall not be used if you have questions regarding the coronavirus.

Information from The Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against any non-necessary travels to all countries.

Due to the extended outbreak of the new coronavirus, and the fast-changing and insecure situation that exists when it comes to travel, The Ministry for Foreign Affairs advise against any non-necessary travels to all countries.

Countries and areas in which The Ministry for Foreign Affairs advised against travel to previously, remains in effect.

The decision against traveling was taken 14th of March 2020 and extends to the 14th of April, when a new assessment will be done.

The coronavirus affects traveling in a way that never previously experienced.

The situation is changing rapidly. The development during the last 24 hours, with more countries taking different measures on short notice to prevent contagion, as well as severe disruptions in international air traffic is something we have followed closely.
 
We find it necessary to send a strong message to Swedish travelers, that now is not the time to travel!

Find official travel information at www.swedenabroad.se

Source evaluation

In circumstances like these, there is an increased risk for rumors and false information to spread among society and in social media. Because of that, it is important to have a critical mindset and, to always control that the information you have is validated through several sources, preferably both from media, authorities and at krisinformation.se, which is the authorities common webpage addressed to the public, where you will find official and verified information from the authorities in charge.

A good source evaluation tip is to always ask yourself these six classic questions: What? When? Where? How? Who? And Why?

Asking those questions will allow you to judge the information handed to you with a critical eye and will make it easier for you to find official information.

 

Published: 14 March 2020 , [Missing text '/pagetypes/nescardpage/atFull' for 'English'] 21:31

Latest reviewed: 14 March 2020

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