COVID-19 epidemic in Switzerland: on the importance of testing, contact tracing and isolation.

Salathé, Marcel; Althaus, Christian L; Neher, Richard; Stringhini, Silvia; Hodcroft, Emma; Fellay, Jacques; Zwahlen, Marcel; Senti, Gabriela; Battegay, Manuel; Wilder-Smith, Annelies; Eckerle, Isabella; Egger, Matthias; Low, Nicola (2020). COVID-19 epidemic in Switzerland: on the importance of testing, contact tracing and isolation. Swiss medical weekly, 150, w20225. EMH Media 10.4414/smw.2020.20225

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Switzerland is among the countries with the highest number of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases per capita in the world. There are likely many people with undetected SARS-CoV-2 infection because testing efforts are currently not detecting all infected people, including some with clinical disease compatible with COVID-19. Testing on its own will not stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Testing is part of a strategy. The World Health Organization recommends a combination of measures: rapid diagnosis and immediate isolation of cases, rigorous tracking and precautionary self-isolation of close contacts. In this article, we explain why the testing strategy in Switzerland should be strengthened urgently, as a core component of a combination approach to control COVID-19.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Althaus, Christian; Zwahlen, Marcel; Egger, Matthias and Low, Nicola

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

1424-3997

Publisher:

EMH Media

Language:

English

Submitter:

Beatrice Minder Wyssmann

Date Deposited:

30 Mar 2020 13:27

Last Modified:

07 Apr 2020 10:07

Publisher DOI:

10.4414/smw.2020.20225

PubMed ID:

32191813

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.142608

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/142608

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