Information about the corona virus

What is the coronavirus?

How to protect yourself and others

Which people are especially at risk?

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What is the coronavirus?

There is a new disease.

The disease comes from the coronavirus.

People with the disease have a cough or a high temperature, for example. The disease has other symptoms as well.
Look them up here.

Some people are dying from the disease.

Old people and those who are already sick can die.

How can you find out more?

Do you have any questions about the coronavirus?

Then read this information.

Are you sick or afraid?

Then call this number:

Phone: +41 58 463 00 00

You can call it day and night.

You might have to stay on hold until someone is free.

How can you get infected with the coronavirus?

The disease is highly contagious.

How it spreads:

  • When you have close contact with a sick person and are less than 2 metres away from this person.
  • Through coughing and sneezing
  • Via your hands

How to protect yourself and others

You can protect yourself and others from the disease.

To do so, you must follow the rules below.

Keep your distance from other people!

Keep your distance from other people!

Avoid large groups of people.

Always keep your distance from other people.
At least 2 metres is best.

For example:

  • At the checkout, in the post office or in the canteen:
    Leave some space between you and the person in front and behind.
  • At meetings:
    Always leave an empty chair between you and the next person.
  • When you are in the train or bus, the following applies:
    Wear a face mask if you cannot keep a distance from other people.
  • Wear a face mask when you have contact with people who are old or have a disease.
  • When you greet other people:
    Do not kiss them.
    Do not hug anybody.
Wash your hands!

Wash your hands!

 

It is very important that you wash your hands often.

Always wash your hands:

  • Before eating.
  • After blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.
  • When you come home.
  • When you have been in the bus or train.
  • When you have visited a sick person.
  • When you have been to the toilet.
  • If your hands are dirty.

It is very important that you wash your hands properly.

How to do it right:

  • Wet your hands.
  • Use soap. Liquid soap is best.
  • Rub your hands until there is a soap lather.
  • Spread the lather all over your hands.
  • Make sure it gets in between your fingers and under your nails.
  • Rinse your hands well with water.
  • Dry your hands well. A paper towel is best.

Take note of the following as well:

  • Don't wear any rings.
  • Take care of your skin.
  • Keep your nails short.
Do not shake anybody's hand!

Do not shake anybody's hand!

When you greet other people:

  • Do not shake anybody's hand.
  • Do not kiss them.
  • Do not hug anybody

Hands are not always clean.

That's why it is important:

Do not touch your nose, mouth or eyes.

Always cough or sneeze into a tissue or into the crook of your arm!

Always cough or sneeze into a tissue or into the crook of your arm!

  • Hold something in front of your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
    A paper tissue is best.
  • Or cough into the crook of your arm.
  • Blow your nose into a paper tissue.
    Do not use a cloth handkerchief.
  • Use a paper tissue only once.
    Then throw it away.
Stay home if you are sick!

Stay home if you are sick!

Do not go to work or school.
Do not go outside.
Do not meet up with other people.

Stay at home and call your doctor. Or do the coronavirus online check.

Answer all the questions on the phone or online check as well as you can.

At the end of the online check, you will receive instructions about what to do next.

You might have to do a coronavirus test.

You can find more information here:
Isolation and quarantine

If you need a doctor: always call the surgery first!

If you need a doctor: always call the surgery first!

Do you have one of the common symptoms? Or several?
Then you may have the coronavirus.

Stay at home.

What is important:

  • Do not go to the doctor without an appointment. Or to the hospital.
  • Always call first.

Do you feel otherwise unwell?
Or do you have any pain?

Don't wait!
You will also get help if the coronavirus isn't the reason why you are unwell.

Call your doctor.
You will get help.

We recommend: Wearing a face mask if you cannot keep a distance from other people.

We recommend: Wearing a face mask if you cannot keep a distance from other people.

You don't have to wear it everywhere.
But in the following cases, it is a good idea to wear a face mask:

  • If you cannot keep a distance of 1.5 metres from other people.
  • If you are in a place where you must wear a face mask.
    For example, at the hairdressers.

Read how to wear a face mask here: LINK

What is very important:

Keep your distance from other people and wash your hands.
This is the best way to protect yourself from the disease!

Keep on working from home if this is possible.

Keep on working from home if this is possible.

Work from home if possible.
In this way, you will have less contact with other people.
And the coronavirus cannot spread.

Can you not work from home?
Then your employer must have protection measures in place.
This means: There are rules to ensure that all employees are well protected.

People at especially high risk must work from home. Their employers must ensure that this is possible.

Some work cannot be done from home.
This means that people who are at especially high risk must also go to work.

Here what is important:
Your boss must ensure that you are well protected.
This means:

  • You can keep enough distance from other people at work.
  • You can wash your hands.

Can you not work from home?
Or can you not protect yourself sufficiently at work?
Then you don't have to go to work.
But you still have to receive your salary.

Which people are especially at risk?

People over 65 are especially at risk.

They often become very ill.

Adults with the following conditions are also at risk:

  • High blood pressure
  • Respiratory problems
    For example: Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Diseases and therapies that weaken your immune system
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Cancer
  • If you are very overweight.
    We call this being obese.

What is especially important for the elderly and for people who are already sick?

You can leave the home if you follow all the rules.
Do not go where there are really lots of people.
For example:

  • The train station
  • The train or bus
  • Shops with a lot of customers

You shouldn't meet up with other people if this is not necessary.
If you cannot avoid this: Keep your distance from other people.
At least 2 metres is best.

Better not go shopping yourself.
Ask a member of your family or a neighbor.
You are sure to find someone to help you.
You can order a lot of things online or by phone.
There are organisations almost everywhere that will help you.
Ask your local council.

It is better if you don't meet up with anybody in person.
What is better: Calling people by phone or by Skype.

If you need to go the doctor, go by car, bike or on foot.
Go by taxi if this is not possible.
Important: Always keep a distance of 2 metres from other people and wash your hands.

Do you work and are at especially high risk because you have a disease?
In this case your employer must protect you at the workplace.
On 16 April, the Federal Council said what is important in the workplace.
You can find all the information here: LINK

Do you have one or several of these symptoms?

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • High temperature
  • Aching muscles
  • Loss of smell or taste

Then call your doctor right away.
Or the hospital.
You can also call at the weekend.
Tell them on the phone that you are a person who is at especially high risk.

What are the symptoms of the disease?

These are common symptoms:

  • High temperature
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Aching muscles
  • Loss of smell or taste.

These are rare symptoms:

  • Inflamed eyes
  • Diarrhoea, vomiting or stomach ache
  • Headache
  • Blocked nose

The symptoms can vary.
Sometimes they are very strong.
Sometimes only mild.

How does the disease progress?

The disease is not always bad.

Some people are only slightly ill.

But some become seriously ill and have to go into hospital.

Heightened risk for smokers

Do you smoke?
If you do, you run a high risk of getting very sick.
Or of dying of the disease.

Smoking makes your body susceptible to diseases.
You might contract the coronavirus more quickly.

For this reason: Stop smoking!  

How are you treated if you get sick?

There is no medication against the disease yet.

Antibiotics don't help either.

But you can treat the symptoms (for example cough, high temperature).

If you are seriously ill,

you will be treated in the hospital's intensive care unit.

Perhaps you will have to be given artificial respiration.

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Further information

The Federal Council makes rules and prohibitions

The Federal Council wants to protect all people in Switzerland.
That is why the Federal Council has declared:
Switzerland is now in an extraordinary situation.
This means: There are stricter rules and prohibitions.

Last modification 28.07.2020

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