“Switzerland has lost control”: Epidemiologist Althaus urges rapid action

The Bernese epidemiologist Christian Althaus insists on rapid measures. The Federal Council must act now because Switzerland has completely lost control of the virus.

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The Bernese epidemiologist Christian Althaus calls on the Federal Council and the cantons to quickly take new measures to contain the coronavirus. (Archive image)


The Bernese epidemiologist Christian Althaus calls on the authorities to take swift measures against the spread of the coronavirus. If the trend is not broken quickly, it will quickly become precarious.

Since June, the number of cases has doubled every four weeks. At the beginning of autumn, life had shifted indoors, where the virus could spread better, Althaus said in an interview with the “SonntagsZeitung”. That is why Switzerland completely lost control before winter.

The virus is now also in areas that have had very few cases so far and have dealt with the pandemic very loosely. That can be seen clearly in the canton of Schwyz. There was an outbreak at a yodelling concert. Such an occasion is the last thing you can afford during a pandemic.

Contact Tracing am Anschlag

With the test and contact tracing, Switzerland is now at the limit. The number of positive tests is increasing rapidly. And the virus is spreading again more and more undetected. This brings you very close to the situation from last spring. The hospital admissions are now decisive.

It worries him that apparently many decision-makers still do not see the urgency of introducing targeted measures or do not realize that it is really about every day. It would have been better to act two weeks ago. Now it is important that the new measures are implemented as quickly as possible.

Switzerland has good prerequisites

Switzerland has the potential to get through the crisis relatively well if action is taken quickly. «We have the economic resources, good medical conditions and a strong economy. The majority of the population also supports the measures against the coronavirus, “said Althaus, who is a member of the federal science task force.


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