Personal responsibility is key to slow down spread of the coronavirus

Fri, 13. Mar. 2020
Everybody should follow the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health in order to slow down the spread of Covid-19.

In the updated measures for dealing with the coronavirus, which the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) published earlier this week, the personal responsibility of the population is placed at the centre of efforts.

The aim is to keep the medical facilities open to those for whom the virus is potentially life-threatening. These are people over the age of 65 and people with pre-existing conditions and a weakened immune system. According to the FOPH, there is no stopping the spread of the disease, but it can be slowed down by adopting individual discipline and by showing solidarity towards vulnerable population groups. Slowing down the spread of the infection increases the chances of free capacity in hospitals for patients with a severe course of the disease.
Delay - but how?
In the case of a person with a mild course of the disease, no test procedure is required because nothing would change for the patient. It is important, however, that the person affected interrupts direct contact with his or her environment, but above all with people belonging to the risk groups, for a while. People in high-risk groups should avoid crowds.
Cough and fever - what next?
"The GP is the first instance," assures Spital STS AG. They are responsible for the assessment of the patients, who should only contact their GP by phone. On the basis of questions about complaints and knowledge about previous illnesses, the GPs in the Saanenland decide whether a virus test is indicated. Here too, the model of personal responsibility comes into play, as the patient is asked to observe his or her state of health. „The temporal course of the spread is decisive for us and all other Swiss hospitals,“ informs the Spital STS AG.

Based on AvS/Jenny Sterchi

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