The Swiss policy is running at the Moment on Speed. Decisions that would otherwise be negotiated months or even years, fall from one day to the other. A Central role Minister Alain Berset (47, SP) to the inside. Him and his Federal office for health (BAG).

proposals that come out of the BAG and the interior Department, for the population directly noticeable. Whether it’s the closure of schools or to the new spacing rules.

in addition to Berset Daniel Koch (64) in the current crisis a major role. The Supreme Corona-fighter explains the population quiet and steadfast way, where Switzerland stands in the fight against the Coronavirus. Cooking is based on the work of 30 to 40 employees – doctors, lawyers, communication specialists.

culture of Open communication

The internal task force meets three times per week in order to discuss the current situation and next steps: How is it in Switzerland? As in Italy, Germany, France? What are the concerns of the cantons? What are the recommendations that go to the population? As we continue the public campaign? And what are the legal issues?

The task force decides, however, not alone, but exchanges information with external stakeholders, such as the Canton of doctors or hospitals – to the federalist model of Switzerland accordingly.

Where institutionalised cooperation, seems to work this well. The Canton doctors find about the majority of words of praise and speak of how the Basel Thomas Steffen, of an “open communication culture”.

Much heavier the BAG, there is thus, external proposals to be incorporated. Epidemiologists such as Marcel Salathé from the ETH Lausanne, repeatedly criticized the lack of exchange between the Federal government and the science, and partly in sharp words.

After two long weeks, in which the office gave the impression to want the criticism, sit out, it has now found a way for these experts to integrate and criticism, in this way, the sting: On Tuesday the Federal government announced the establishment of a second, external task force that includes, among others, Salathé. Also hesitant, the FOPH responded, as a criticism to the detection of the case have not been clearly communicated in part via the Fax numbers.

The struggle for influence continues

the More important the Person of Daniel cook, therefore, the crisis Manager’s handle for the Federal government in these times is a true happiness. The physician strives for transparency on critical issues and remains however always calm and serene.

even If his answers assets are not always convincing to his appearance, it does very well. In spite of the justified criticism of the BAG continues to enjoy a good reputation what is likely to be a significant part of the Person of a cook.

in Spite of its important role in the BAG, however, remains only an office, a specialist authority. The Power to decide which proposals will be implemented in the end, is the policy: at the Federal Council. As the part of long meetings show, he nods Bersets suggestions by no means easy. Add to this that in the last days in addition to the epidemiological economic criteria play a more important role. The struggle for influence lasts.

New Boss

Anne Lévy, becomes the new Director of the Federal office for health. She takes the place of Pascal Strupler, who is stepping down at the end of September.


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.