How do you assess the measures taken by the Federal Council?
I am glad that we have now drastic measures.
Go far enough?
The question is what we want to achieve. We not only want, that the case numbers will exponentially increase, or that the case numbers fall? The measures are good. But a very important point I missed.
What would that be?
We urgently need to test more. This is the most effective means to curb the epidemic.
BAG-expert Daniel Koch established the strategy, to test mild cases, so that young people with mild symptoms should not leave the house.
there are certainly creative solutions. Other countries have set up tents to testing. There are Drive-Through systems, in which one remains sitting in the car, the risk of infection is minim. We need to learn from South Korea.
What is it that makes South Korea better?
South Korea has been testing extensively in order to isolate close contacts. You have to test in a much larger extent than Switzerland. And it is managed by the managers, the case numbers down to push. We have one of the best health systems and are a rich country. We should be able to do also. We are in a war against a Virus. Tests also help to legitimise drastic measures.
In what sense?
The measures will limit the life of the population. So you want to see that you bring something. Actually, we can show the but only if we know the numbers for the exact case.
The Federal Council has appealed to the solidarity. Not to say it is also important: It comes to our health care system. That remains stable, to the young just as much.
In any case. If the health system collapses, dying people to causes other than Covid-19, the would not die in a well-functioning health system. No matter how old you are. I think we should appeal to the young population group is much more targeted.
How for example?
young people can be reached via Social Media channels such as Youtube or Instagram. I would like to try to inform a lot of target-group-specific.
"I would hope that, in General, the communication and the cooperation between us would run out of researchers and the authorities, even better."
Some neighbouring countries, the schools have closed earlier. Why is Switzerland now?
About the right time you can argue. But first, the review will show what were really the right measures.
"what We need now is decisive Leadership."
The Federal Council has referred to a study published in the ECDC yesterday.
There were already other studies. I would hope that, in General, the communication and the cooperation between us researchers and the authorities would run even better. Finally, we all have the same goal. It is not a question to criticize the authorities. But we have excellent researchers in Switzerland; this Knowledge and we should use it optimally.
we Are going to need in a few days, even more drastic measures?
What has been decided by the Federal Council today, goes a long way. We can only hope that we get some days in such pain that it takes even more drastic specifications. I can only test, test, repeat, test, test. This is the best way to prevent a collapse of the health system.
Should the Federal Council, to prescribe?
someone needs to take the Initiative in this direction. Crucial is the political will, no matter by whom. What we need now is decisive Leadership.
Expect that the measures will be extended?
This is to estimate at the Moment is difficult, but it is very likely.
How long will occupy us for the Virus yet?
Until there is a vaccine, we must, with certain limitations, life.
Created: 13.03.2020, 22:18 PMUpdated Date: 13 March 2020, 22:02