New coronavirus: Recommendations for everyday life

Our everyday lives have been changed by the new coronavirus. To prevent an increased spread to the greatest extent possible, we need to protect ourselves and others. You can find information and tips for everyday life here.

Transmission of the new coronavirus

The new coronavirus can be transmitted as follows:

  • Through close and prolonged contact: If you’re less than 1.5 metres from an infected person without protection (e.g. separated by a partition or both individuals wearing face masks). The longer and closer your contact with an infected person, the greater the chances of becoming infected yourself.
  • Through droplets: If a person who is infected sneezes or coughs, the virus can be transported directly to the mucous membranes in the nose, mouth or eyes of other people.
  • Via your hands: Infectious droplets can get onto your hands from coughing and sneezing. Or if you come into contact with a surface contaminated with the virus, they can then get into your system if you touch your mouth, nose or eyes.

Living in times of the new coronavirus

We can meet people again, go to work, eat in restaurants, do sports and enjoy culture. All of this with an appropriate level of caution and care, as the new coronavirus is still there. To prevent the new coronavirus from spreading more strongly again, the assumption of personal responsibility and cooperation by you remain important.

We recommend the following in all everyday situations:

  • Keep your distance.
  • Wear a mask on public transport if you are unable to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres to other people and where there is no physical protective barrier such as a partition.
  • Wash or disinfect your hands regularly.
  • Avoid shaking hands, hugging others and kissing to greet people.
  • Cough and sneeze into a paper tissue or the crook of your arm.

Detailed information in this regard can be found under the rules on hygiene and social distancing.

Gloves offer no protection
We advise against the use of gloves for day-to-day activities. They do not provide sufficient protection against infection and give a false sense of security. The virus is not transmitted through skin contact, but rather through the mucus membranes. Transmission may occur, for example, if infectious droplets reach these mucus membranes via the gloves.

Gloves have disadvantages for the following reasons:

  • You generally cannot wash them.
  • The virus survives longer on plastic than it does on skin.
  • You need to use new gloves after each occasion you come into contact with something.

Find out more in the film Why is the wearing of gloves not recommended to protect against the coronavirus?

The SwissCovid app has also been developed to contain the new coronavirus. It determines whether we have come into contact with an infected person. We recommend that you use the app so that chains of transmission can be stopped quickly. The more people that install and use the app, the more effective it is. Further information can be found on the page SwissCovid app and contact tracing.

Stay at home if you feel ill. If you experience symptoms, take the coronavirus check or call your doctor.

Tips for everyday life

You can find out which rules and recommendations currently apply across Switzerland on the page Measures and ordinances. There may be cantonal differences in the rules and recommendations. Information in this regard can be obtained from the respective cantons. We also recommend that you have a mask with you at all times in case it is necessary to wear one.

Holidays/travel in Switzerland/leisure

Travel within Switzerland is possible. Public and tourist transport is largely running according to the regular timetable once more. All businesses must have precautionary measures in place. Since 6 July 2020, it has been required to wear a mask on all public transport. We recommend avoiding travel during the morning and evening rush hours and using less popular routes.

If you travel abroad or return to Switzerland from your holidays, restrictions may apply. Up-to-date information in this regard can be found on the page Information for travellers.

Restaurants and public events

Public events with up to 1,000 people are permitted. If more than 300 people are in attendance at an event, they must be divided into sectors of a maximum of 300 people each. Depending on the canton, the number of people per sector may also be lower. For all publicly accessible places such as restaurants and events, operators/organisers must draw up and implement precautionary measures.

Reduce to a minimum situations in which you cannot keep your distance and the majority of attendees do not wear a mask, for example at a disco.

People with symptoms must stay away from events.

Important: If the operator’s precautionary measures require the provision of contact details, it is of the utmost importance that these are provided correctly. Various cantons have issued more far-reaching regulations that require clubs and bars to verify the accuracy of the visitor data collected.

Private events

Birthday parties, family occasions, barbecue evenings, etc. are possible once more. While no formal precautionary measures are required, everyone must adhere to the rules on hygiene and social distancing. Furthermore: If it is not possible to keep your distance and there are no other protective measures in place such as masks or partitions, the organiser may also be required to pass on the contact details to the cantonal authorities for the purpose of contact tracing.

Whether and how many people you wish to meet is at your discretion. We recommend that you keep a clear overview of the number of people you come into contact with and do not meet with too many different people.

Sport

Are you aware that it is difficult to keep your distance when undertaking sport?

For all sports, there is a plan for precautionary measures in place that shows how to train and how to behave in changing rooms and during competitions. Where necessary, athletes are required to provide their contact details.

If you are planning to go to the swimming pool, check the pool’s website in advance to find out how the flow of visitors is regulated. The number of visitors may be limited.

Exercise and healthy eating

Regular physical activity is good for you. It strengthens the body, lifts your mood, can reduce stress and anxiety and boosts your immune defences. Also make sure to eat healthily in order to strengthen your immune system.

Shopping

Disinfect your hands upon entering a shop. Keep your distance wherever possible, especially also in queues. If you are unable to keep your distance, wear a mask. Please note that it is required to wear masks in shops in certain cantons. Also avoid shopping during busy periods.

It is likewise advisable to wash or disinfect your hands after shopping. Make sure also to do this, in particular, when shopping for other people.

Paying with cash does not pose an increased risk of infection provided that the hygiene rules are adhered to. Some industries prefer contactless payments.

Airing rooms

When several people are present in a room, thoroughly airing the room at regular intervals can reduce the risk of infection. You can easily do this at private events too, such as during birthday parties or family celebrations. The smaller the room and the more people in it, the more often it should be aired.

Air rooms at work, such as meeting rooms, for 5-10 minutes at least every two hours.

If you use a fan at your workplace, there are two things to bear in mind:

  • It is important to regularly air the room well. The fresh air will help reduce any viral load.
  • Do not allow the fan to blow air in the same direction all the time. This applies especially in rooms where several people have a fixed workplace. There is otherwise a risk that any viruses that are present will be transmitted from one person to another.

Transmission to objects

The new coronavirus can stick to surfaces and objects. If a person infected with the new coronavirus sneezes or coughs into the air instead of a paper tissue or the crook of their arm, droplets containing the virus can stick to door handles, mobile phones or other everyday objects, for example. At present, there is no reliable information on how long the viruses can remain infectious on different surfaces.

Important: Regularly and thoroughly clean household appliances and surfaces that may be contaminated with viruses and that are frequently touched. Use a normal cleaning agent for this purpose.

Further information

Contact information and links

New coronavirus: Infoline phone numbers, links to federal and cantonal authorities, and other useful websites

Protect yourself and others

Rules on hygiene and social distancing: keep your distance, wash your hands, cough/sneeze into a paper tissue/the crook of your arm, stay at home if you experience symptoms, recommendations on wearing masks and working from home

Last modification 03.08.2020

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