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Friday's papers: Corona experiences, al-Hol risks, and debt relief

Friday’s newspapers look at different aspects of the coronavirus crisis.

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Possessions recovered by bailiffs are often sold at auction. Image: Yle

Helsingin Sanomat looks at the experiences of three people who have suffered and recovered from coronavirus.

They did not suffer to the same extent. One was almost asymptomatic, one had to go to hospital, and one had a serious version of the illness but avoided hospitalisation.

Symptoms varied from a few aches and pains to exhaustion, vomiting and breathing difficulties.

All three warned people to follow health advice to try and slow the spread of the disease, with two of the three saying they were surprised at the severity of the illness.

Iltalehti, meanwhile, has some more news you can use. It offers a guide to differentiating between seasonal allergies and the coronavirus.

The main one is a runny nose: allergies can cause this, but flu or coronavirus are more likely to make your nose feel blocked.

A fever is another important factor. If you have a fever, you know for sure you are not suffering from an allergy.

A dry cough, sore throat or fever are all symptoms of coronavirus, reports IL — but not all of them will be present in every case.

Al-Hol holdups pondered

HS also looks at the annual report published on Wednesday by Finland’s intelligence police, Supo.

The paper’s take on the report focuses on the Finns currently at al-Hol camp in northern Syria.

These are around ten women and roughly 30 children who had moved to live under Isis before the extremist regime was defeated.

The government has explored options for repatriating the children in the camp, and in December said it wanted to bring them back as quickly as possible, while Supo sees them mainly as a security threat.

HS headlines its report ‘children represent the future for terrorist groups’, a direct quote from the report.

Terror groups believe the offspring of members offer a chance for ideological continuity, according to Supo, and the children currently in Syria have been exposed to an extremist ideology for years.

Debt collectors merciful during corona crisis

Turun Sanomat has a story from the much-maligned world of debt enforcement. The paper reports that those in charge of recovering bad debts are showing a certain amount of mercy during the coronavirus crisis.

Bailiff Juhani Toukola says that the over-70s do not have to fear eviction during the crisis, as they should be staying indoors to avoid catching the virus.

There are other ways to seek help if money is tight and debts need to be paid.

Indebted individuals can have up to three months off compulsory repayments per year, with two months granted automatically to those on low incomes and the final month decided by the bailiff.

There are some other merciful acts in the bailiffs' arsenal. Companies that did not previously owe taxes will not see taxes put out for collection during the crisis.

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