With a stoic calm, he talks about of infection chains, hygiene measures, and the sense and nonsense of the mask wearing: Daniel Koch from the Swiss Federal office for health (BAG) has become the face of the Corona-pandemic in Switzerland. He is since today is Monday in the retirement age. His Post as head of the division of Communicable diseases, he delivered, now he is the official Corona delegated to the Federal government.

So, hopefully, the Rest of Switzerland: home alone. I live alone, probably I push with my dogs.

On my birthday for sure. In the next few days depending on how it allows you to work. Of course, I now belong to the risk group of the Virus is likely to be my age no matter. Of course, I keep to strict hygiene measures.

I have no Problem with nicknames, I can well live with that, “Mr. Corona” to.

what is the time for all of the difficult: I have a little grandson. To be able to not see him, and to be allowed to embrace that I’m missing. But I have with my family, regular contact through digital channels. And one of my daughters, be on your guard during the week and my dogs. They will bring you each weekend to me, since we see at least briefly, but with distance.

Much as I can’t train with them at the Moment. But early Morning walks are still there.

When Koch talks of dog training, it is about his Hobby Canicross, a kind of cross-country running with a dog. In Essence, the four-legged friend to take the lead and draws the people behind her. How much lead cook will make, if the Federal Council from the 26. April, the Corona begins to loosen measures, is open. His advice will undoubtedly be critical, what is loosened, and in which order. However, “Mr. Corona” is not in the cards view: In the Federal Council’s decisions. Koch has double interest in the Corona of a pandemic to an end. Because then he is allowed to stand at last in the rest.

I have a contract for a new work for a while. When it expires, you know, only I and service Director Pascal Strupler. I very much hope that the Start of retirement is in the not too distant future. I’ll be sure to accompany the current wave to continue – and I hope that no second coming.

That was relatively early in the case. Back in January, was that the Corona-pandemic is a greater thing. It was surprising how quickly the Situation has worsened. Initially, we hoped to be able to the spread of the Virus control – when it was still possible, the chains of Infection track. However, as the first deaths in Italy were reported, it was clear that the epidemic can no longer control.

Since the beginning of the crisis, cooking is at every media conference and answered similar questions. The crisis experienced doctor is always the calm Before cook joined in 2002 to the BAG, he was 14 years for the International Committee of the Red cross ICRC on the go, even in war zones such as Sierra Leone.

he rarely responds, even ironically. “I’m not a linguist, I can’t explain the subjunctive mood”, he countered a journalists question. Sense of Humor he has, anyway. In a BAG-prevention film, he takes the spell again: “Together, we could overcome the crisis of the subjunctive.”

I don’t have the feeling that they are the same questions. The Situation is changing constantly. It is important to explain again and again, where we are and what is important for the population. And the vast majority of people stick to the measures, the population makes the excellent.

It’s part of the working life, that is annoying about some things. Since I am no exception. But I’m trying to keep calm.


The Coronavirus currently holds the world in suspense. 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.