“I feel the Federal left in the lurch,” says Muriel Lenz* (37), a senior physician at a Swiss hospital and pregnant. The reason is that For Pregnant women who work in the health sector, there are in Switzerland no special instructions for protection against the Coronavirus.

apply To it measures the same caution as for all other persons not falling into any at-risk group. So far there is no evidence to suggest that Pregnant women are particularly at risk. “But the case numbers are too small to be able to be at increased risk for Pregnant women with safety to exclude,” says Muriel Lenz.

also came To this conclusion, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, British society for gynaecology and obstetrics at the end of March. You know too little about Corona, warns the Royal College. And compares the Virus, with corona viruses that cause Sars and Mers, as well as with Influenza.

High-risk Pregnant

Of these, you know that Pregnant women in the case of two-sided pneumonia may have an increased risk of more severe gradients, writes the Royal College. In addition, If a Pregnant have a lack of oxygen, could have an impact on her Unborn child and the risk of premature birth increase.

The Royal College calls for increased precautions: Before 28. Week of pregnancy should be allowed to decide expectant mothers for themselves whether they want to continue to have patient contact, or prefer to other tasks. Women from the 28. Pregnancy week new even in the high-risk group. You are advised to stay at home.

the world health organization points out that diseases of the respiratory system in Pregnant women may be due to physical changes and changes in the immune system severe. Therefore, it is important that Pregnant caution were measures. This is for Pregnant women in health care, but hardly feasible, says Muriel Lenz.

From the Federal left alone

Social Distancing is to be observed in the hospital everyday life difficult – especially in the case of direct patient contact. “I don’t feel safe.” Due to the lack of guidelines, many Pregnant women are now faced with a Dilemma – for your own protection and that of the child, the sick-leave? This is like high treason against the employer, says Lenz. “But on the other hand, one wants to protect his child. It may not be that Pregnant women are left out of this decision by the Federal government alone.”

That there is for Pregnant women in health care currently there are no specific instructions, not that Pregnant women are generally regarded as particularly vulnerable people, writes the BAG on request. For appropriate measures to exchange with the Swiss society for obstetrics and gynecology and the state Secretariat for economic Affairs. From the recommendations of the Royal College, you have the knowledge, writes the BAG.

*Name known to the editors


The Coronavirus, the world currently holds in breath. Many countries are taking measures such as Closing schools or limiting public events, to prevent the spread. In Switzerland, too, the grass, the Virus magnetized. All of the current information and Figures around the topic there is in the Coronavirus-Ticker.

I Have the corona virus or just the flu?

The Coronavirus spreads further – also in Switzerland. Especially in the flu season, you can assess for yourself whether one is ill with the Coronavirus, or whether you just have an ordinary flu. The differences are subtle, but they exist. VIEWS is defined.

protection against Coronavirus

recommendations of the Federal office for health, how you can 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.

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Jennifer Alvarez is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.