We need immediate and drastic measures

the Swiss scientists are sounding the Alarm. Various epidemiologists and Infectious disease specialists are calling for Switzerland as soon as possible, to dras

We need immediate and drastic measures

the Swiss scientists are sounding the Alarm. Various epidemiologists and Infectious disease specialists are calling for Switzerland as soon as possible, to drastic measures in order to prevent conditions, such as in Italy. The Italian health system is on the verge of collapse. In a collapsing health system are dying and more people to Covid-19, other diseases and accidents in a well-functioning health system.

"If you look at the Numbers, Switzerland is on the exact same course, such as Italy about a week ago," says infectious disease Lodge and gene interrogator Jacques Fellay from the Lausanne University hospital CHUV and the EPFL. The case numbers increase exponentially, and the Numbers no longer build up once more the whole of reality, because the Doctors test in Switzerland all suspected cases. The case numbers are probably even higher.

"It is amazing that we give up the precise detection of the epidemic, one week after the Occurrence of the first case in Switzerland."Epidemiologist Christian Althaus

"We need immediate and drastic measures," says Fellay. It all had to avoid to be done, so that the number of new Infections is declining, with large crowds of people everywhere, schools are closing and the nationwide test so that the Sick can be isolating. "If we don't do it now, we will be in a week anyway forced to do so." But there could be more deaths that could have been avoided. "For us researchers, it is clear that those responsible in the Federal office of public health, at the Moment in a very difficult Job," says Fellay. The aim is not to criticize the Competent is in the BAG. "We just want to make clear what the scientific data. And you show that Every day counts." He understand that you can make to the economy. "But we are in an extraordinary Situation."

Together with the epidemiologist Christian Althaus and Marcel Salathé and several other signatories, Fellay calls on the universities in an open letter, the teaching operation to cease immediately. "We should also close as many schools as possible," says Fellay. What is possible in Denmark, where the Competent yesterday, all the schools have closed, should also be in this country feasible.

"it is Crucial now to prevent accumulations of people at all levels." Epidemiologically, it'll take something, if only those children in care institutions, in which it was of the family Situation is not possible otherwise. And if a child in the district with other games, is still not comparable to a school, where every day hundreds come together. This is the exact Situation estimate of a renowned American epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch of Harvard University. (Read here the Interview with Lipsitch.) Covid-19 is a disease that progresses slowly. "This is one of the reasons why it is so dangerous," says Lipsitch. The hard-hit came only weeks after the infection on the intensive care units. "If the authorities react only when the beds are already occupied, then you from the next disease to be overrun cases, such as a tidal wave." Exactly this happened in Italy.

it is Crucial also to test more as wide as possible. "The research shows that this is one of the most effective measures to detect cases early and isolate," writes epidemiologist Marcel Salathé on Twitter. The epidemiologist Christian Althaus says: "It is amazing that we give up the precise detection of the epidemic, one week after the Occurrence of the first case in Switzerland."

Antoine Flahault, Director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Geneva, criticized the measures taken by the Confederation on Twitter as too tame: "The Swiss measures remain hesitant, fragmented. The authorities are too little aware of the fact that we are on the exact same course as the Lombardy. We are in need of quick, coordinated Action."

Created: 12.03.2020, 19:52 PM

Updated Date: 12 March 2020, 23:02

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