Life in the times of corona
The present unprecedented situation with the corona pandemic reshapes everyday life. We need to adjust to this new normal for some time to come.
The information will be updated with new measures from 4 January.
Social physical contact and gatherings
We should preferably avoid having guests visiting in our own home. There are exceptions for necessary health care services at home or when visiting persons in their last stages of life. If you live alone, you can have one or two regular friends or households visit you or you can go visit them.
Children in kindergarten and primary school can have children from their own cohort visiting.
The recommendation differentiates between a friend and a boyfriend/girlfriend. Your boyfriend/girlfriend can be considered part of the household and you can visit each other.
This recommendation is currently valid until January 19th but might be extended.
We should all maintain a greater physical distance to others than what we usually do. Keep a distance of at least one meter to others than those in your own household. You can associate as you normally do within the household. This also applies to children living in two homes after divorce. You should avoid shaking hands, kissing and hugging others outside of your own household. If you live on your own, you can define two or three people as your closest contacts to whom you do not need to keep a physically distance.
Good hand and cough hygiene
It is important that we continue washing our hands frequently and carefully. Wash hands prior to leaving the house, when you return back home and prior to eating. Try also to avoid touching your face.
You can travel by public transport if you make sure to keep a distance to your fellow passengers. In regions with an increased level of infection the recommendations are to avoid the use of public transport as far as possible. In areas where the level of infection is high recommendations on wearing a face mask when travelling by public transport might be given. See the recommendations on face masks.
The Government advises against all domestic travel that is not strictly necessary. Necessary travels in connection with work and travels to a holiday property, where you avoid close contact with others can be still carried out. Read more about the domestic travel advice.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. This global travel advice from UD is valid until January 15th, 2021. See advice before travelling despite recommendations here.
Work and travel
Work from home if possible. If you cannot work from home, you should keep a distance of at least one metre to your colleagues. The general advice on good hand and cough hygiene, physical distance and to follow the group size recommendations also apply at work. It is important that you stay at home if you develop even mild symptoms of a respiratory infection. You should go home as soon as possible if you turn ill while at work. Avoid using public transport. Read more about workplaces and working from home (helsedirektoratet.no) (in Norwegian).
The Government advises against domestic travel that is not strictly necessary. Business trips that are considered necessary and trips to a holiday property that can be carried out without contact with others can still be carried out. Read more about the travel advice.
Children and youth
The children should preferably spend time mainly with those in their cohort (group) in kindergarten, school or organised leisure activities.
It is even more important for you to follow the advice for infection control if you are part of a risk group. See advice for persons in risk groups.
Testing, symptoms and close contacs
Learn about common symptoms of COVID-19 and when you should be tested.
Illustration: Helsedirektoratet/Eline Korsnes Sundal
Tips to maintain good habits during the times of corona
Life can be stressful when you have to work from home or are temporarily laid off. We can all benefit from proactively looking after of our mental as well as our physical health.
Social support and staying connected is important
Keep in touch with family and friends.
Feel free to find alternative forms of social contact. If you socialize in person with people outside of your own household, it is better to meet up outdoors rather than indoors.
Be kind to yourself and to others
The present situation can be stressful to connections and relationships. Accept that these can be tough times both for yourself and for those around you. It is also important that we accept other people's prioritizations on who they choose to spend time with or if they need to cancel an appointment, visit or event due to illness. Try not to set the expectations too high.
Structure your day and set goals along the way. Remember to include time for rest. Appreciate what you accomplish.
Do things that you enjoy doing – either alone, with a friend or with your family
Go for a walk or engage in other outdoor activities
Keep a daily meal plan with food that is healthy and varied
- Dietary advice from the Norwegian Directorate of Health (pdf in English)
- How to build a healthy meal (in Norwegian)
Maintain your daily rhythm and bedtime routines
Limit your intake of alcohol
Do you consider quitting smoking?
Seek support – do not hesitate to ask for help
What about sex and corona?
- Enjoy your own body. You are your own safest sexual partner – masturbation will not spread the coronavirus. Wash sex toys well before and after use.
- Enjoy sex with your regular partner.
- Stick to one partner and avoid random sexual contacts. If you are having sex with others, limit the number of sexual partners as much as possible. Avoid kissing and oral sex. If you choose to have oral sex, use a condom / dental dam to avoid saliva. Do not share sex toys.
- If you meet your sexual partners online, via dating apps etc, you can consider taking a break from meeting people in person. Video dating, sexting and chat rooms can be an exciting option. Be webwise!
Follow the advice for infection control
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly
- Keep a physical distance to others
- Stay at home if you are ill
- Follow the recommendations from the health authorities
Transmission and course of the disease
How the coronavirus is spread, and how to prevent transmission.