New coronavirus variant spreads more easily – keep a distance of over two metres to others

Publication date 21 Jan 2021

The coronavirus is mutating and can infect more easily: Keep a greater safe distance over 2 m.

The new variants of COVID-19 spread more quickly than the previously known one. For this reason, THL now recommends keeping a distance of more than two metres to others. In addition, close contacts should be further reduced. 

“Since the new coronavirus variants spread more easily, we need to be even more careful and stay over two metres away from others. We should limit close contacts to the most essential ones. It is also important that you still get tested if you have the faintest symptoms matching coronavirus”, says THL Director Mika Salminen.

Symptoms of coronavirus include headache, loss of smell or taste, head cold or blocked nose, cough, shortness of breath, loss of energy or fatigue, muscle pain, throat pain or irritated throat, fever, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea. You should get tested for coronavirus if you experience any of these symptoms. 

Masks should be worn in public spaces, even if it is possible to maintain a distance of over two metres

In addition to maintaining a distance of more than two metres and not hesitating to get tested, it is also important to remember other ways to protect against coronavirus: maintaining good hand and coughing hygiene, installing Koronavilkku, and wearing a mask.  

Currently, THL recommends that everyone in Finland aged 12 or over wears a mask. Wearing masks is recommended in public transport and other public vehicles, public indoor spaces and events, including schools and educational institutions from comprehensive school grade 6 upwards, and in work communities indoors if several people are working or present in the same space. Mask should be worn in these spaces even if a safe distance of more than two metres can be maintained.

You should get tested for coronavirus if you experience even the faintest symptoms of coronavirus. You should also get tested if you suspect that you have been exposed to the virus, for example through a person who has travelled abroad.

Additional information:

Transmission and protection – coronavirus

THL updated the mask recommendation – wearing a mask is now recommended for people over 12 years of age

THL’s recommendation on the use of face masks for citizens  

Mika Salminen
[email protected]

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