Who is currently on the Website, drinks.ch click will never be a surprise. Instead of Gin and Tonic at the top of the online drinks store hygiene masks will be offered.

in fact, Drinks.ch-the founder and chief Alexander Curiger (32) into the Corona-protection business, got in. “Yes, it is not specifically that spirits are with us now, but also masks and disinfectants you can buy,” says Curiger to VIEW. “But there are also special times.”

masks will soon be part of everyday life

Since he has undoubtedly right. Even if the Federal government says officially that protective masks for use by healthy persons were actually needed – in the last few days, a noticeable increase in the number of mask did-makers in the Public watch.

Curiger assumes that the loosening of the lock downs will once again lead to a larger demand for masks. In fact, health Minister Alain Berset (48) announced at the weekend in the Newspapers of CH Media, that masks would soon be recommended for certain areas.


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There is simply not enough for all the

And even if the pandemic plan, the Federal government provides is actually a Reserve: Currently, there are not nearly enough masks for all of them. After all, it would need, according to a study by the ETH 360 million, if you wanted to equip all the inhabitants.

Curiger could at least deliver a part. “The first machine with 2.6 million masks landed, in the future, we want to Charter a week to two pilots, each with 3.5 million masks,” he says. A costly project. The first Charter flight has cost him 330 000 Swiss francs.

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Partner produces 15 million in the week

the Zurich came to the masks like the virgin to the child. On the one hand, a Chinese partner company normally delivers the packaging for Curigers drinks trade, changed its production in December, on the protection of masks. On the other hand, Curiger was the lack of protective masks in Europe and Switzerland. Why not combine the two?

“at the moment, our Partner produces 15 million masks per week and would like to sell it all in Switzerland,” says the entrepreneur. He attaches importance to the fact that the masks be certified and in the laboratories for their suitability allegations. “China has responded to the effect of free Fake masks and checks all masks, in hospitals and the Export, meticulous.”

the Federal government and the cantons have the idea of

to Whom he wants to sell his masks? Curiger says he has contacted several of the cantons, and to the arms of pharmacy, the coordinates of the mask procurement for the Federal government. Both the Federal government and the cantons had decided that they had enough masks in stock. “But in many places, mask defect,” said Curiger prevails. “We are therefore in discussion with hospitals, nursing homes, Spitex organizations, and others. But even ordinary customers can order the masks from us.”

A mask – the packs contain ten or 50 pieces will cost from 80 cents, including shipping. “We make a fair profit,” says Curiger. Price gouging but he wants to prevent. “We have taken precautions that no one usury-may trade, and our masks are more expensive sold. Anyone who tries this, no more supplies.”

this is Not a perfect protection against viruses

It is the crucial question that the country is moving in shortly before the loosening of the lock downs: tell me how you did it with the mask on? So far, the Federal office for Gesundheitheit (BAG) is not afraid of a clear instruction to give. “As before, there is no secure evidence that the mask wearing in Public is a major protective factor,” said Daniel Koch (65), head of the division of Communicable diseases at the BAG, at the beginning of the crisis. The Federal office instead relied on the Golden three rules: wash hands thoroughly, keep your distance, stay home. In Austria, for example, relies on the mask of duty to the Public.

The big advantage is that The masks act as a barrier. They help the spread of the virus to contain. Because when you Speak, Sneeze or cough, droplets are released. Corona viruses are buzzing around, and can so easily infect others. That masks can help to reduce the transmission rate was observed during the outbreak of Sars in 2003. This does not need to be an expensive mask, like Christian Drosten, chief virologist of the Charité hospital in Berlin, explains. It is a piece of cloth in front of the mouth is sufficient.

What speaks against it? Masks do not protect the carrier itself. For conventional masks are not designed also. The Problem is: A mask in front of the nose and mouth can convey a false sense of security. The concern some experts: Who is wearing a mask, neglected the other Corona-measures, such as keeping distance or thorough washing of hands.

Yes, now what? Michael Hengartner, President of the ETH Board and writes in his column in the Sunday view, the answer is quite simple. Yes, the droplets when Sneezing, the masks help. But aerosols, which we exhale, tiny little particles that are not stopped. And here’s the Problem: Whether in the case of aerosols, also corona virus fly, if someone can be inserted, is not yet sufficiently explored is located. Conclusion: the masks is the use of so sure of something – how much is not clear. But as the Swiss like to say: “Nützts experiment, so schadt’s experiment!” John Hillig, Roman Neumann

protection against Coronavirus

recommendations of the Federal office for health, how to protect yourself:


wash your hands: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use a Hand sanitizer. Don’t sneeze, you Sneeze into the hands, or cough in a handkerchief; or if you have none, in the bend of your elbow. Handkerchiefs to dispose of properly: paper towels, should be disposed of after use in a closed waste bin. You stay in fever and cough necessarily at home.

contact minimize

Stay home and avoid wherever possible contact with people. You go only in the following exceptional situations, out of the house: the food doctor shopping or pharmacy visit / the home office is for your job not possible / you have to help other people. You keep if possible 2 meters distance to your fellow human beings, for example, in a line or at meetings. Avoid contact with people breathing or have a cough. You avoid public transport. You can be all that is possible to home deliver. Important: No welcome kiss, no hugs, no shaking hands.

stay Informed

Note the local instructions and recommendations. Strictly to the rules and announcements of the authorities. Infoline Coronavirus: 058 463 00 00, 24 hours a day available Info-page of the BAG: bag-coronavirus.

when should the ch one to the doctor?

do not Go out in the symptoms (difficulty breathing, cough, or fever) in the Public and contact you immediately – first by phone, a Doctor, a doctor or a health care facility.


remains The Situation until Further notice. The Federal government informed in regular intervals about the current developments. It applies now more than ever: peace and quiet preserved, and the thing in common to serve.