This autumn, Stockholm University will gradually return to running activities on campus, leading to an increased number of employees and students on campus, which can increase the risk of the spread of infection from Covid-19. According to Swedish law, as detailed in the Communicable Diseases Act, all residents in Sweden must participate in infection tracing in regard to dangerous diseases, which includes Covid-19. On this page, we have gathered information for employees and students regarding testing, antibody tests and infection tracking for Covid-19 in the Stockholm region.

If you become ill

If you become ill and suspect that you may have Covid-19, you are not required by law to get tested. You must however be careful not to expose others to the risk of infection. Stay at home and follow the Public Health Agency's recommendations. Below you can find advice for those who have symptoms that may be due to Covid-19, but who can stay at home without needing care. Do not hesitate to seek care if you should suddenly feel worse.

Information about getting tested for Covid-19 in the Stockholm region can be found on the English language news site TheLocal.se:
www.thelocal.se/20200612/how-to-get-your-free-coronavirus-test-in-stockholm
Information and advice about tests, vaccination and treatment for Covid-19 can be found on Sweden’s crisis information website:
www.krisinformation.se/en/hazards-and-risks/disasters-and-incidents/2020/official-information-on-the-new-coronavirus/tests-vaccination-and-treatment

If you have Covid-19

If you have been informed that you have Covid-19, you must inform people with whom you have had close contact during the time you were infectious as soon as possible that they may have been infected. This means people who have been within two meters of you for 15 minutes or more during the time you were infectious – even if you have been outdoors. Those you live with are always counted as close contacts. This is the fastest way to break chains of infection.
Close contacts can include, for example:

  • people you live or have lived with
  • friends you hung out with, even outdoors or in a restaurant
  • co-workers, classmates, team members
  • if you have visited a health care service, fellow patients or care staff may have become infected.

The period of contagion starts 24 hours before you got your first symptoms and includes the entire time you have had symptoms. Even if the symptoms disappeared quickly, you are still considered as contagious from 24 hours before the first symptoms came, to seven days after the emergence of those first symptoms.

Tracing breaks chains of infection

Infection tracking is done to quickly break infection chains, thereby reducing the spread of infection. The people you may have infected with Covid-19 need to be extra aware that they may be infected and avoid meeting people up close for 14 days from the date they were exposed. This will reduce the risk of them infecting others, if they themselves have become ill. This way, the chain of infection can be broken. In the first instance, if you have been infected it is your responsibility to contact those you think may have been infected.

Confidential contact tracing

If you wish for confidentiality and do not want to tell people yourself that you may have infected them, Region Stockholm's infection tracking team can help you. You can contact the team via the app Alltid öppet (www.slso.sll.se/vard-hos-oss/alltid-oppet). In order to log into the app, you will also need to have installed the app Bank ID and downloaded a Bank ID certificate from your bank or other provider. The app interface is only available in Swedish, but it does contain information in English on how you book a test. Choose “Testing for Covid-19” and then click on “Testing adults for Covid-19”. You can also contact 1177 by telephone instead, where you can get help and advice in English.
In order for the infection tracing team to help you, you need to provide them with the following information about the people you think you may have infected:

  • their names
  • their phone numbers
  • dates for when you may have infected them.

Region Stockholm's infection tracking team will never reveal who has given the name of the person they contact.

More information

General information about Covid-19 and Stockholm University: www.su.se/coronavirus
Information about Covid-19 and the Stockholm Region: https://www.1177.se/Stockholm/sa-fungerar-varden/varden-i-stockholms-lan/om-corona/corona-in-other-languages/engelska/
General information and advice about Covid-19 in Sweden can be found here:
www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se/the-public-health-agency-of-sweden/communicable-disease-control/covid-19/