The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 20 March 2023

Testing for COVID-19

The Public Health Agency recommends the regions to focus their testing on health and social care in order to protect those who are most at risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19.

If you are a patient receiving health care you may be requested to get tested by your doctor if a COVID-19 diagnosis is of importance to your treatment.

Some care users who are at risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 may be recommended to get tested, e.g. people in residential care, or those who have home care services. This also applies to those who attend daily activities within social care.

If you are uncertain whether or not you should get tested, the health and social care staff will inform you what to do.  

For the general public

Stay home and avoid close contact with others if you are ill and have symptoms that could be due to COVID-19. This also applies if you have taken an antigen self-test, regardless of the test result.

Call telephone number 1177 if you need help assessing your symptoms or advice on where to seek medical care. You can also visit the website

Stay home if you are ill and have symptoms of COVID-19

Stay home from work, school, preschool, and other activities if you feel ill and have symptoms that could be due to COVID-19. Examples of symptoms include a sore throat, runny nose, fever, or cough. The recommendation to stay home applies to all ages. It also applies to those who are vaccinated, and those who have previously had COVID-19.

Preschool children can, just like older children and adults, go back to preschool when they feel well and are in a general good condition. Some respiratory symptoms may persist a while after the infection even in those who have recovered.

The aim of staying home when you feel ill is to prevent spreading the infection further.

If you live with someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay home, if you feel well yourself. However, pay attention to symptoms of COVID-19, and stay home if you develop symptoms.

Protect yourself and others – COVID-19 recommendations