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Symptoms of COVID-19 – When should I contact my doctor?

Read about when to contact your doctor. You can also read about when you yourself can book a coronavirus test.

When should you call your doctor?

Always call your doctor:

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and feel so ill that you would like to consult a doctor.
  • If you are concerned or in doubt.
  • If it is about a child under the age of 2.

Your doctor will assess:

  • Whether you should immediately be tested and examined by a healthcare professional. If so, you will be offered an examination on the same day. It will take place at a local COVID-19 assessment unit*. Your doctor will inform you how and where the examination will take place.
  • Whether you can wait 1-2 days to be examined by your own doctor. If so, you will be offered a COVID-19 test while you wait for your doctor’s appointment. If you test negative for COVID-19, your doctor will offer you a consultation at his or her office. The actual test will take place at a local test site or at a COVID-19 assessment unit.

*If you live far from a COVID-19 assessment unit, the examination will in some cases take place at your own doctor’s office.

When can I book a test on myself?

You can now book a test on

  • If you have symptoms that could be COVID-19, but you do not feel so ill that you feel the need to consult your doctor.

You can also still book a test on

  • If you want to be tested for another reason.

This applies to both adults and children over the age of 2.

The Danish Health Authority have published information and leaflets where you can find more guidance:

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COVID-19- What to do if you have symptoms

If you develop symptoms and are unsure whether it is COVID-19, you should act as if you are infected with novel coronavirus, as follows:

  1. Self-isolate
  2. Practise good hygiene
  3. Make sure to clean thoroughly
  4. Call your doctor for an assessment and perhaps to get a referral, even if your symptoms are mild

How do I self-isolate?

The most important way of preventing the spread of infection is through ensuring that people infected with novel coronavirus self-isolate. If you have symptoms, there is no way of knowing whether you are infected with novel coronavirus until you have been tested. It is therefore important that you self- isolate until you have been tested and have the test result.

Self-isolation guidance:

  • Stay at home, that is in your own home or in your own garden so that you do not risk coming into close contact with other people. Do not go to work or public areas, not even to go shopping etc. Ask others to do your shopping for you, take your dog for a walk etc. If you order food and other essentials for home delivery, make sure that deliveries are left outside your front door. Do not allow visitors to enter your home. Use the phone or video calls to talk to other people. It is particularly important to avoid all contact with people who are at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (see

In many communities, local initiatives have been launched to support those in need. Check to see if such support is available in your local area. You can also contact ‘Røde Kors Corona Hjælpenetværk’ on tel. 35 29 96 60 or visitælp.

  • Avoid close contact with other members of your household. This is particularly important if you live with someone who is at risk of severe illness from COVID-19.  

Avoid close physical contact such as kissing and hugging and keep a distance of at least two metres. Avoid sleeping together and avoid spending too long in the same room. Ideally use a separate toilet/bathroom. If you only have one toilet/bathroom, you should make sure to clean all surfaces after use, e.g. by disinfecting toilet seats, basins and taps before they are used by other members of your household.

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Children with COVID-19

Children should basically follow the same advice and recommendations as adults.

Children often get colds or other infectious diseases, and sick children should never attend school or daycare. 

It is therefore only natural that you might be worried that your child has been infected with novel coronavirus, whether your child can attend school, whether your child should be tested, etc.

The Danish Health Authority has published a leaflet with guidance that you can read here:

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Flu shot 2020

Remember to book an appointment for your flu vaccination.
See if you can get the vaccine for free, by looking at the criteria below:
Who is offered the vaccine?
• Persons who are> 65 years old
• Early retirees
• Chronically ill
• Pregnant women in the 2nd and 3rd trimester
• Staff in the health and care sector.
Note that everything takes place by appointment – ie. there is no drop-in this year due to Covid-19.