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Important Information about novel Coronavirus COVID-19

The novel Coronavirus keeps us busy. Our goal is to protect our patients and their families as well as our personnel.

In order to reduce the spread of the virus we kindly ask you to stick to the following guideline:

  • If you suffer from flu-like symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath please call our medical office; do not show up without a scheduled appointment. Our assistants will ask you specific questions and give you further instruction how to get help without exposing other people.

Swiss Hotline for general population: 058 463 00 00
Swiss Hotline for travelers: 058 464 44 88

For updates please visit one of the following websites:
Switzerland: www.foph-coronavirus.ch
USA: www.cdc.gov/COVID19
UK: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-careh
Australia: www.health.gov.au

Canada: www.canada.ca/en/health-canada.html

Questions & Answers

What is coronavirus COVID-19?

It is a virus which can easily cause pneumonia. The first cases of this particular disease have been registered in China in the city of Wuhan in December 2019. The virus was transmitted from animals to humans and spread ever since to many countries worldwide. The World Health Organization WHO recently declared pandemics of coronavirus, meaning the disease is prevalent over the whole world. Italy is the most affected country in Europe. COVID-19 is the name of the disease caused by coronavirus.

How does coronavirus spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet or 2 meters) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Mouth and nose are considered to be the entrance of the virus into the body.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus disease?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Some patients have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death.

Are some people at increased risk of coronavirus?

Yes, there are. Coronavirus can easily cause pneumonia and cause further complications at elderly population (>65 ya) as well as those who suffer from a serious preexisting condition like pulmonary disease, elevated blood pressure, diabetes or have a suppressed immune system. Coronavirus can rarely cause a critical complication at a young and healthy individual.

Are some people at increased risk of getting the COVID-19 disease?

Yes. People who have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or people who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread are at an increased risks of exposure are at increased risk of getting the COVID-19 disease.

How can I protect myself?

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What should I do if I recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19?

If you have traveled from an affected area, there may be restrictions on your movements for up to 2 weeks. If you develop symptoms during that period (fever, cough, trouble breathing), seek medical advice. Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.

Is there a vaccine?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often.

Is there a treatment?

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

For updates please visit one of the following websites:
Switzerland: www.foph-coronavirus.ch
USA: www.cdc.gov/COVID19
UK: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-careh
Australia: www.health.gov.au

Canada: www.canada.ca/en/health-canada.html