Press conference on the coronavirus – “We will not receive the vaccine later than Germany”

Nothing works on the holidays without protective masks and protective measures. The Federal Office of Public Health is registering a decrease in the number of infections with the corona virus. A loosening is not in sight.

The Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) does not want to ruin the progress made by relaxing in the beginning of Advent and on the holidays, as Virginie Masserey, head of the Infection Control Section, told the Bundeshaus media on Friday.

Therefore, the population has to carefully plan Advent, Christmas, New Year and the necessary purchases and get creative. Families should consider alternative forms of celebration. Instead of a family get-together at home, relatives could also meet for a walk or an aperitif in the fresh air. Eating on a small scale at a reasonable distance is also possible.

Exercise is important

The BAG switched on holiday tips. During the celebration, it advises against kissing and similar measures of social distance. In addition, you should ventilate and put on the protective mask when the distance is too short. In general, the contacts should be kept low and preferably take place outside. Anyone who falls into the Christmas blues because of this should move. That strengthens the immune defense and lifts the mood, is the encouragement of the BAG.

On the pandemic front, the hotspot has shifted from western to German-speaking Switzerland, Masserey said. The utilization of the hospitals is still high. There are around 500 Covid-19 patients in the intensive care units, 220 intensive care beds are still free.

The Basel canton doctor Thomas Steffen, member of the board of the Association of Cantonal Doctors, praises the “Swiss special way” in containing the coronavirus: “The slowdown has caused a trend reversal, now we have to stick with it.”

“We have to stay tuned”: The Basel doctor Thomas Steffen.

Foto: Anthony Anex (Keystone/20. November 2020)

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