Current information about the coronavirus

Switzerland confirmed the first case of a patient infected with the coronavirus on 25 February 2020. The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is keeping the public informed about further developments and the unfolding situation.

From 27 April 2020, hospitals are able to resume all medical procedures, including non-urgent procedures.

Are visitors still allowed at the hospital?

Due to the almost daily changing situation and the different cantonal regulations, we kindly ask you to inquire on the respective clinic page which regulation currently exists for your clinic. Thank you for your understanding.

Frequently asked questions about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Situation at Hirslanden

Situation at Hirslanden

All Hirslanden hospitals are in close contact with the cantonal authorities. By the end of January, all hospitals had already updated their pandemic plans and introduced appropriate measures. Accordingly, they are very well prepared concerning the processes for dealing with suspected and confirmed cases.

We generally orientate ourselves by the guidelines of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the cantonal health departments. 

On 16 March,the Federal Council has categorised the situation in Switzerland as extraordinary under the terms of the Epidemics Act.

Like all hospitals in Switzerland – private as well as public – we are only permitted to carry out urgent operations up to and including 26 April as specified in the regulations of the Federal Council.

Outpatient medical practices reopen for business from 27 April.

This prevents any potential negative consequences of patients forgoing treatments and examinations.

How is the new coronavirus transmitted?

How is the new coronavirus transmitted?

The new coronavirus is mainly transmitted in close and prolonged contact: if you keep less than 2 metres away from a sick person for more than 15 minutes. The transmission is by droplets: If the sick person sneezes or coughs, the viruses can get directly onto the mucous membranes of other people's nose, mouth or eyes. Via the hands: Contagious droplets from coughing and sneezing can be on the hands. They can get to the mouth, nose or eyes if you touch them.

How long is the incubation period?

How long is the incubation period (time between infection and the appearance of the first symptoms)?

The incubation period of the new coronavirus is about three to seven days. However, it can last up to 14 days.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus disease?

What are the symptoms of coronavirus disease?    

The most common symptoms are fever, cough and difficulty breathing. These symptoms can vary in severity. Complications such as pneumonia are also possible. Some sufferers also have problems with digestion or the eyes (conjunctivitis).

What must be done in a suspected case?

What must be done in a suspected case?

  • Stay home.
  • Contact a doctor or health care institution and ask if you should be tested.
What to do when you have been in close contact with someone who has an acute respiratory disease?

What to do when you have been in close contact with someone who has an acute respiratory disease?

In this situation, please follow the current FOPH guidelines on self-isolation and self-quarantine.

What to do when you have had been in contact with a person infected with the new coronavirus?

What to do when you have had been in contact with a person infected with the new coronavirus?

In this situation, please follow the current FOPH guidelines on self-isolation and self-quarantine.

Recommendations for people over 65 and those with a pre-existing condition

Recommendations for people over 65 and those with a pre-existing condition

Are you over age 65 years, or do you have a pre-existing condition (high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases or cancer)?

Then we recommend the following:

  • Stay at home.
  • Avoid public transport.
  • Have a friend or neighbour get your shopping for you.
  • Conduct business and private meetings via Skype or similar channels.
  • Keep visits to nursing homes and hospitals to an absolute minimum.
  • Avoid contact with people.
  • Stay at home if you have difficulties breathing, a cough or a high temperature. Call your doctor or a hospital immediately. State that you are calling in connection with the new coronavirus and are at a higher risk of illness. Describe your symptoms.
I was / am suffering from breast cancer. Am I at especially high risk?

I was / am suffering from breast cancer. Am I at especially high risk?

If you feel healthy now and your follow-up care was uneventful last, you do not belong to a risk group. After breast cancer, women are not more likely to develop infectious diseases. You are now just as healthy as your neighbor and are allowed to feel that way.

Even if you have had chemotherapy in the past, you do not belong to a risk group. Your immune system was only limited by the chemotherapy for a short period of time. As a rule, you can assume that with the recovery of the white blood cells (leukocytes) there is a functioning immune system. You also do not belong to a risk group if you receive infusions with antibodies (e.g. Herceptin® or Perjeta®) after the end of chemotherapy, provided that your blood count has recovered from the chemotherapy.

You are also in no way at increased risk during or after taking anti-hormonal therapy (e.g. Tamoxifen, Anastrozole e.g. Arimidex®, Letrozole e.g. Femara®, Exemestane e.g. Aromasin®).

However, you belong to a risk group if...
a) ... you are currently receiving chemotherapy.
b) ... you are taking so-called CDK4/6 inhibitors (Palbociclib = Ibrance®, Ribociclib = Kisquali®, Abemaciclib).
c) ... you have advanced illnesses which require long-term therapy (e.g. everolimus, alpelisib, cortisone preparations).

How is the disease treated?

How is the disease treated?

Currently, no specific drug is known to be effective against the new coronavirus. There is also no vaccination at the moment. The treatment is purely symptomatic.  In the majority of cases the disease is mild and those affected can recover at home. In certain cases, hospitalisation is necessary. In case of pneumonia, ventilation via an artificial lung may be necessary.

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