The epidemic gets out of control

more and more people fall ill in Switzerland at Covid-19. How many there are exactly, not knowing the authorities but since a few days, exactly. Around 700 conf

The epidemic gets out of control

more and more people fall ill in Switzerland at Covid-19. How many there are exactly, not knowing the authorities but since a few days, exactly. Around 700 confirmed cases there were on the afternoon of Wednesday, the actual number is probably quite a bit higher. Because in Switzerland, the official motto is now: A Test on Covid-19 to make the Doctors only in severe cases. Who only has mild symptoms, the remain at home without a Test.

This change in strategy came in for some experts by surprise. The person in charge of the Federal office for health (BAG) want to protect with the measure the hospitals against Overload. However, the view from abroad shows that The most successful of the epidemic have kept those countries in chess in which the Doctors from the beginning all the suspected cases tested extensively and have isolated.

"I can't understand the decision," explains Christian Althaus, head of the epidemiological research group at the University of Bern. For the epidemiologists, it is now difficult to track the outbreak in Switzerland. And not only that: "Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong or South Korea put on a completely different strategy and try to prevent a rapid spread, at least initially," says Althaus.

Successful rigor

Taiwan is considered an exemplary example. Despite the proximity to China, there are only around 50 cases in the country. Although it is an island it is easier to foreclose, however, the Taiwanese authorities have also taken rigorous measures, which have been very successful.

The Taiwanese laboratory technicians have already cleared 15'000 suspected cases. The schools have been closed by the authorities immediately after the Occurrence of the first Case, at the end of January until the end of February. The hoarding of medical supplies and the Spread of false information is prohibited under penalty. The Taiwanese Vice President Chen Chien-jen is a trained epidemiologist, he has studied in the United States.

in Germany, testing the authorities all suspected cases. "There is an error would no longer be testing," says Clemens-Martin Wendtner, chief of infectious diseases at the teaching hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich. In Germany, the Doctors mild cases not treated in hospital, the patient should isolate themselves at home. "But you have to capture the easy cases, so that the health system is not overwhelmed as in Italy," says Wendtner.

What is happening in Italy currently, the experts see a cautionary tale. Desperate Doctors reports in the social media of a System that is on the verge of collapse, of layers, the ends, and beds for intensive care, the lack of anywhere. The person in charge of the BAG to enable to Corona Monitoring the Sentinella System, which allows you to capture, respectively, the annual wave of Flu. You confirmed again on Wednesday at a press conference. In this detection system, around 180 house and pediatricians networked, forward the BAG take your case to pay more. From this information, experts to create to pay high bills to the case.

"From a certain point of this step may make sense," says epidemiologist Althaus. "But it is amazing that we give up the precise detection of the epidemic, one week after the Occurrence of the first case in Switzerland."

Created: 11.03.2020, 21:03 PM

Updated Date: 12 March 2020, 02:02

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