When do you have to stay at home?

Do you feel unwell?

Then stay at home!
You must not have contact with other people.

Have you had contact with somebody who is sick?
Then stay at home.

You must follow these rules.

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The coronavirus is highly contagious.

The coronavirus disease must not be allowed to spread!

What do you have to do if you feel unwell?

The disease has various symptoms.
Symptoms are signs of a disease.

Symptoms

These are common symptoms:

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

These are rare symptoms:

  • Inflamed eyes
  • Diarrhoea, vomiting or stomach ache
  • Aching muscles
  • Headache
  • Blocked nose
  • Skin rash

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

Do you have one of the common symptoms? Or several?
Or are you not sure?

  1. Stay at home. You must not have contact with other people.
  2. Call your doctor and discuss what you have to do. Or do the coronavirus online check.
    Answer all the questions as well as you can.
    At the end of the check, you will find out what to do next.

Online coronavirus check

You have done the online coronavirus check.
At the end of the check, you will find out what you have to do now.
There are two options.

Important for you is what you read under Recommendation.

At the end of the online check, you will find under Recommendation:
The FOPH recommends that anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should have themselves tested.

This means: You must take a coronavirus test.
What is important now:

  • Take a coronavirus test!
    Call your doctor and ask where you can take the coronavirus test.
    The coronavirus test is free of charge.
    The Swiss government will pay for the test.
  • Stay at home!
    Avoid any contact with other people.
    Wait for the results of your coronavirus test.
    Someone will call you by phone.

At the end of the online check, you will find under Recommendation:
Further medical investigation or a lab test is not indicated.

This means: You don't have to take a coronavirus test.
What is important now:

  • Stay at home!
    You can only leave your home if you have no more symptoms for one day and one night.
  • Take your illness seriously!
    There are also diseases other than the coronavirus.
    If you are not sure: Call your doctor.
  • Have the symptoms come back?
    Or do you have more or different symptoms?
    Do the online coronavirus check again.

Test result

The test is positive:

This means: You have the coronavirus.

  • What is important now: Stay at home!
  • Someone from the canton will call you.
    They will tell you what to do next.
  • Do you have the SwissCovid app on your mobile phone? LINK
    You will receive a code for it from the canton.
    You can enter the code in the app.
    It is voluntary.
    Like this you inform the people
    you have had contact with.
    Nobody will know, where the information comes from.
    It is anonymous.
  • Air your home regularly.
  • Do not go shopping yourself.
    Get someone to do this for you.
    Ask a member of your family or a neighbour
    You are sure to find someone to help you.
    Ask this person to leave your groceries outside the door.
    Only bring them in once this person has gone.
  • Have no contact with other people.
  • These rules continue to be very important now:
    How to protect yourself and others.

Monitor your health. It may be that you still feel unwell after 5 to 7 days, or even feel worse.

The test is negative:

This means: You don't have the coronavirus.

You can leave your home if you have no symptoms for 24 hours.

You must call your doctor if you notice the following warning signs:

  • You have had a high temperature for several days.
  • You have felt weak for several days.
  • You have severe breathing problems.
  • You feel pressure or pain in your chest.
  • You are confused.
  • Your lips or face are bluish.

You can only leave your home again if you

  • have felt completely well for 2 days.
  • have been at home for at least 10 days.

Can you not smell or taste anything?
It is possible that this will last for a while.
It is not serious and will return to normal.
If you don't have any other symptoms, you can leave your home.

Have you had contact with someone who has the coronavirus? What do you have to do?

Have you had contact with someone who has the coronavirus?

This means: You could be contagious in the next few days.
And you might not even realize it.

Therefore it is important:

  • You must follow all the rules: LINK
  • Monitor your health.
  • You can go back to work. It is best if you work from home.
  • You shouldn't meet up with other people if this is not necessary.

Another rule applies if you live with the sick person.
Or if you had very close contact with the sick person.
What is important: Stay at home!
Someone from the canton will call you and tell you what you have to do.

Do you feel unwell?

Then follow these rules: LINK

Do you have no symptoms?

Then you don't have to do anything; you don't have to do a coronavirus test either.

In these cases, you will continue to get your salary

Do you have the coronavirus?
If so, you will be written off sick by your doctor.
You will get a sick note for your employer.

In this case, you will continue to get part of your salary.
Employers usually have insurance to cover this.

Have you been in contact with a person who is sick?
And you now have to go into quarantine?

In this case, you will get compensation for loss of earnings.
You can also find all the information in easy-to-read language here: LINK


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 11.08.2020

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Please refer instead to our webpages, which are continuously updated.

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