Information for anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19

This information applies in Region Stockholm.

If test results show that you have an ongoing Covid-19 infection, it is important that you stay home so you do not infect others. You must also follow the Communicable Diseases Act and perform contact tracing, which means that you tell people you have come in contact with that you have Covid-19.

Stay at home at least seven days

You should stay home at least seven days from the time you developed symptoms, and until your health has generally improved and you have been fever-free for two days. You are then considered no longer contagious. There is no reason to take a new test to see whether you are free of infection. The test may show positive results for a long time after you are no longer considered contagious.

During this time, do the following:

  • Do not go to your school, workplace or any other activity.
  • Avoid coming in contact with anyone other than those in your household.
  • Do not go shopping in stores or pharmacies.
  • Do not travel by public transport.
  • Follow special hygiene routines: be sure to wash your hands frequently, use your own towel, and cough into the crook of your arm or a tissue.
  • If you need to seek medical care, let them know you are infected.
  • Read the rules of conduct you must follow according to the Communicable Diseases Act. The information is translated into ten different languages. Choose a language by clicking on the green button labelled “Svenska” at the top right corner of the page we linked to.

How to perform contact tracing

The most important part of contract tracing is informing people you may have infected. You should therefore start contact tracing as soon as you get your test results.

  1. Think about which people you have been in close contact with while contagious up to now. In other words, from 24 hours before you first felt sick and had symptoms of Covid-19 to now.

The following people need to be informed:

  • people in your household
  • friends you have spent time with
  • people who have been to your home or who you visited during this period
  • co-workers you have been close to
  • healthcare professionals – if you needed medical care and they do not already know about your Covid-19 infection.

In other words, you need to inform everyone you have been in close contact with. Close contact means a person you have spent at least 15 minutes with at a distance of less than 2 metres. This also applies outdoors.

  1. Call, text or email everyone you have been in close contact with and let them know that they may have been exposed to infection.

  2. Ask them to read the following information: Information for anyone who has been in contact with a person with Covid-19. The information is in Swedish.

  3. Tell people who are not in your household that they should get tested if they develop symptoms within 14 days from when you had contact, and let them know that they should spend time with as few people as possible during this period.

  4. If anyone in your household works or studies at an upper-secondary school, college or university, that person must always work or study from home for at least 7 days. Children should also stay home from preschool or school for 7 days. Even if no one else in your household has any symptoms, they should book a PCR test and have it performed about five days after you (the person with COVID-19) took your test. The test needs to be booked a few days in advance. This applies to adults and anyone of upper-secondary school age. If someone books a test, they must wait for the results before going back to their workplace or school. See Information for anyone who has been in contact with a person with Covid-19 (in Swedish).

If you live with someone who needs disease carrier's benefit, please state this when Kry’s contact tracer calls you.

  1. Ask someone for help if you have come in contact with anyone you may have infected but you cannot or should not inform them for various reasons. For example, you can get help from a manager, supervisor, team leader, headteacher or the like. They can help with contact tracing by passing on the information. Ask them to read the following information from Region Stockholm. The information is in Swedish.

  2. Someone from Kry will call you at some point in the next few days to check how contact tracing has gone, and to help you if you need it. In order for contact tracing to be acceptable according to the law, you need to answer when the care provider calls.

Suggestion of what you can write

Hello! I just found out that I have Covid-19. I am contacting you as part of contact tracing. Because we were in contact recently, it is possible that you have been infected. You should therefore read the following information at according to the recommendation by Smittskydd Stockholm. It is also important that you get tested if you have or develop any symptoms.

I do not want to tell my manager, co-workers, school or friends. What should I do?

If you do not want to tell people you may have infected yourself, Kry’s contract tracing team can help you. Tell the contact tracer from Kry that you would like help when they call you.

You need to give the contact tracing team certain information so they can help you. They need the following information about people you believe you may have infected:

  • their name
  • their phone number
  • the date when you may have infected them.

Last updated 2021-03-15