Infected with coronavirus

On this page you will find general questions and answers about what to do if get infected with coronavirus.

Questions and answers about being infected with coronavirus

Updated: 1 April 2022

If you are tested positive for covid-19, it is recommended that you go into self-isolation. This applies to all types of tests.

The same isolation recommendations apply to children as to adults.

If you need guidance, you can call the contact tracing hotline on 32 32 05 11. Here you will receive advice on what you and your child should do. You will also get help identifying your child’s close contacts. The school/childcare management must be notified, so they can take the necessary precautions and inform parents of other children who may have been exposed to infection.

It means that you have to stay home and avoid meeting people you do not live with. Do not go to work, avoid shopping and walks, and ask others to walk the dog. Get help if you need to do shopping, and have goods delivered outside your door. Use a CE-certified face mask, i.e. a surgical mask. Keep a distance to others. 

Avoid close physical contact with others at home - especially if you are living with a person in risk of severe illness from a covid-19 infection. Sleep in separate rooms if possible, and avoid spending a lot of time in the same room. Use separate bathrooms and toilets if possible. If not, you should clean surfaces, water taps and door handles thoroughly.

Significant symptoms

Significant symptoms of covid-19 are symptoms such as fever, sore throat, persistent cough, sneezing or breathing problems. In this case, you generally feel sick without necessarily feeling like you need help.

If you experience significant symptoms of covid-19, you should self-isolate for at least 4 days after your positive test result.

Mild or asymptomatic symptoms

Mild symptoms of covid-19 are symptoms such as a runny nose, throat tickles, and a few coughs that will typically be transitory. In this case, you do not feel really sick.

If you test positive for covid-19 with mild symptoms or no symptoms of covid-19, you should self-isolate for at least 4 days after your positive test result.

Close contact

You do not need to be tested again to be regarded as having recovered. The test can be positive due to inactive virus, even if you are healthy and no longer able to infect anyone else. It is therefore not necessary to have a negative test before being able to return to work, school, etc.

The health authorities recommend that you wait a month after recovering from illness before being vaccinated.

If you are infected with covid-19, have symptoms, and are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill, you may be able to get treatment with antiviral pills.

If you meet all three criteria below, you may be able to get treatment:

  • Positive PCR test for covid-19
  • Symptoms of covid-19 for maximum 5 days
  • In risk of becoming seriously ill from covid-19 because of the following:
    • You are 80 years or older, regardless of vaccinations status
    • You are not vaccinated, and you are between 65 and 79 years old
    • You are not vaccinated, and you are between 18 and 64 years old and in risk of becoming seriously ill from covid-19
    • You are vaccinated, below the age of 80 but with several different serious diseases, which together increase your risk of a serious covid-19 course of illness

Your doctor determines whether you are in the target group for treatment with antiviral pills. If you think you may be in the target group, it is important that you contact your doctor as soon as you have received your positive PCR test result, as treatment must be given within 5 days of experiencing covid-19 symptoms.

The Danish Health Authority recommends antiviral pills to those who will benefit the most from them.

The Danish Health Authority’s recommendations are based on an assessment of which persons may benefit the most from treatment with antiviral pills, which outweigh the risk of both known and unknown side effects.

The Danish Health Authority assesses that the benefits outweigh the risks for people who are most at risk of becoming seriously ill and hospitalized. People who are not in increased risk of severe illness and hospitalization are not recommended to use antiviral pills, as they are not considered to benefit from the treatment.

The recommendations on treatment with antiviral pills will be adjusted as the Danish Health Authority will get more knowledge.

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