Easy-to-read language: Information about the coronavirus test

If you feel ill, you should take a coronavirus test.

This document contains everything you need to know about coronavirus tests.

What is the coronavirus test?

A coronavirus test can help you find out whether you have the coronavirus. Or not.

There are different types of coronavirus test.
New coronavirus tests are being introduced constantly.

Most of the tests are carried out using a swab.
This means: A healthcare specialist takes a small sample of mucous or saliva from your nose or throat.

The coronavirus can be seen in your mucous or saliva.
A laboratory expert will examine this sample
and will see whether you have the coronavirus or not.

When should you take a coronavirus test?

Do you have one or several symptoms?
You should take a coronavirus test.

You can read the symptoms to look out for here: LINK

Where can you take a coronavirus test?

There are a number of places where you can take a coronavirus test in each canton.
You had best call your doctor
to find out where you can take a coronavirus test.

Or you can look on your canton's website.
Here you will find a list of websites: LINK

What happens after a coronavirus test?

You can pass on the virus to others even if you don't feel sick.
Wait for the result of your coronavirus test.

You will be notified as soon as the result is available.
This can sometimes take up to 2 days.
Perhaps you will receive the result by phone or text message.

The following results are possible:

  • The coronavirus test is positive.
    This means: You have the coronavirus.
  • The coronavirus test is negative.
    This means: You don't have the coronavirus.

What must you do if the coronavirus test is positive?

This means: You have the coronavirus.
You can infect other people.

Call your doctor to get more information.

Stay at home if you feel ill.

What must you do if the coronavirus test is negative?

This means: You don't have the coronavirus.

Are you unsure about what to do? Or do you still have questions?
Then call your doctor
for more information.

Do you still have questions about the coronavirus test?

Then call this number: 058 463 00 00
You can call this number from Monday till Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m..


Last modification 07.04.2022

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