Getting vaccinated is the best way to avoid getting seriously ill from covid-19. Therefore, the Public Health Agency recommends that everyone aged 12 and over get vaccinated.

– The purpose of the vaccinations is to protect against serious illness and death from covid-19. Even if there are new virus variants so that the vaccines protect less well against the spread of infection, they still provide very good protection against serious illness. So it is wise to get vaccinated, says Sara Byfors, head of department at the Public Health Agency.

Adults who have not been vaccinated should be especially careful, and avoid crowds and large gatherings indoors. Within healthcare, continued testing and infection tracking applies among staff, patients and users. In healthcare, it is also important to follow basic hygiene routines to prevent the spread of both covid-19 and other infectious diseases.

Anyone who gets sick with symptoms that could be covid-19, such as fever, sore throat, cough or runny nose, stays at home. This applies to all ages, i.e. even children, including those who are vaccinated or have previously had covid-19.

– Children and adults can return to work, school, preschool and leisure activities once they have recovered. Sometimes various residual symptoms from the respiratory tract can remain for some time after the infection even in those who have recovered, such as whooping cough and nasal congestion, says Sara Byfors.

During the summer, the spread of covid-19 has increased in Sweden, and in many other countries, despite the fact that the virus has previously spread primarily during the winter months.

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– It is too early to say what the spread of covid-19 might look like in the autumn, but we already know that more people get respiratory infections in connection with the return to work, school and preschool after the summer holidays, says Sara Byfors.

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