The Federal Council ruled, undisturbed and powerful as ever. But appearances are deceptive: The air in the Bundesrat, the room is so thick, how can it be if seven alpha animals with different world-views in front of a challenge, which is such a huge, such as the Coronavirus unbelievable, bizarre and dangerous.

wanted to ignore in mid-March, Finance Minister Ueli Maurer Corona – to the dismay of the remaining members of the government. Guy Parmelin, in turn, after all, the head of the economic Department, had to be made in respect of the three Federal as well as interior Minister Alain Berset will be literally forced to provide First aid for distressed companies and employees.

Medically, the humanity has not seen already over the hill. The global Peak should be reached but once, is waiting for us: a view into the economic abyss. The world trade organization (WTO) is expecting a slump in global goods transport of up to 32 percent. Switzerland as an exporting nation gets to feel that.

The Federal Council has no choice other than to patch things up together. Now he needs the will to design an innovative economic stimulus program.

The Corona-crisis shows just how great is the need for investment in our infrastructure. A stimulus package should therefore follow the objective to prepare the country better for future epidemics.

It must not happen again, that the hospital staff a week to the protection of material waiting in front of contagion to fear. The hospitals are forced, because of the
an infectious disease other urgent intervention to reset. It is clear that essential medicines and medical products must be domestically manufactured. Above all, however, the Care deserve attractive working conditions and more pay. The Federal government could provide a pulse of financing to the cantons.

After the outbreak of Sars in 2003, experts warned of further epidemics. As the threat is regularly called variants of the Sars Virus as the causative agent of Covid-19 it is now. Nevertheless, the search for a vaccine against Sars has been set.
Corona teaches, then this, too: The non-commercial research requires massively more resources.

The catalog can be extended. Why, for example, old people’s homes will not be rebuilt, so that visits in the event of an outbreak continue to be possible? That elderly people are separated because of Covid-19 over the months of your loved one, is one of the most Intolerable of the current crisis.

Many of the hulls when the cue stimulus program, the nose, speak of a left-wing Fantasy. In fact, Switzerland has resorted to this means of economic assistance. 1975, 1983, 1993, 1997, the Federal investment decided to programs, to obtain in the recession or create jobs.

Only in recent times that those Economists have gained the upper hand, to pronounce themselves categorically against such a Form of State interventionism. However, it is precisely these Economists, who clapped and cheered loudly, as the production of essential medicines has been shifted to China.

Today, it is especially important to strengthen our health care system. From a historical perspective, there must be a stimulus program but also, in principle, no reason that the air in the Bundesrat, the room is even thicker than they already are. 1975, 1983, 1993, 1997: In all those years, the Federal Council, like Parliament, were in citizen’s Hand.


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.