As the Zurich-based Virus-detectives approach

The German Minister of health, Jens Spahn, has said on Wednesday that Germany was "at the beginning of a Coronavirus epidemic". There is a "new quality" of

As the Zurich-based Virus-detectives approach

The German Minister of health, Jens Spahn, has said on Wednesday that Germany was "at the beginning of a Coronavirus epidemic". There is a "new quality" of the spread. And this is according to Spahn, that the chains of Infection to be traced. In Bavaria, the back tracking was only recently possible, with the new cases that were not known in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

The Canton of Zurich is not even in this Situation. On Thursday evening, a Coronavirus case was known. Now the 30-year-old woman is isolated in the city hospital Triemli, and maintained – and it begins the work of the so-called Contact tracers (see also this report).

The 1-Meter rule

you have the task to identify all persons who had in the previous days, closer contact to the infected Person. Target persons are those who have been at least a quarter of an hour at a distance of up to one Meter in contact with the infected Person.

Together with the Corona-patients will have a list of these people created. The Contact Tracer calls you and you hold to stay at home. In addition, specialists check every day to see. It will also be ensured, if necessary, the supply. Other people who live, for example, with the contact person, are to take off. Here comes when needed, as in the case of the supply of the civil protection in the game, of the premises conveyed.

criticism of the number of Contact tracers

Contact tracers are usually care professionals and Doctors. In the Canton of Zurich, there is currently, 20, told the Canton of doctor Brian Martin at a media orientation. This depth number (on Monday it was still of 17, the of speech) has been criticized by epidemiologist Christian Althaus in an Interview with the NZZ harsh. "Because you are overwhelmed after a major outbreak completely," he said.

The Zurich Health Department defends itself against the criticism. "At the Moment, this number is sufficient," says a spokesman. "If necessary, we will train more people." It was as quickly as possible, he assured. Eligible professional personnel of the hospitals or a travel medicine comes about. According to the Canton doctor Martin are six people constantly on Stand-by.

He pointed to the fact that Contact Tracing is for the Canton of the medical service is nothing New. The procedure will always apply in cases of measles or smallpox. Then it was fourth-as a rule – and successfully.

Created: 27.02.2020, 17:58 PM

Updated Date: 02 March 2020, 08:02

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