In the current coronavirus pandemic, our Save the Children teams in over 120 countries are doing everything they can to help children and families affected by COVID-19 coronavirus. We were one of the first international relief agencies to provide life-saving protection material to health workers on the front lines in the fight against the corona virus and to show children how to protect themselves from the virus.

Learn more about our project work against the Coronavirus

About the virus

Coronaviruses are viruses that can cause minor diseases such as the common cold. But in some cases the virus can also be fatal. The current outbreak is caused by a new corona virus strain – now called COVID-19 – which first appeared in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan in China. The way the novel coronavirus disease progresses can vary widely. Some people, for example, have only mild symptoms and hardly notice that they’re ill. Others need intensive care in hospital.

By close and prolonged contact: If you’re closer than two metres to a person who has con-tracted the illness for more than 15 minutes.

By droplet infection: If one person sneezes or coughs, the virus can be transported directly to the mucous membranes in the nose, mouth or eyes of other people.

Via your hands: Infectious droplets can get onto your hands from coughing and sneezing. Or you come into contact with a surface contaminated with the virus. They can then get into your system if you touch your mouth, nose or eyes.

In Switzerland, the Federal Council declared the so-called "extraordinary situation" on Monday 16 March. All shops, restaurants, bars, entertainment and leisure facilities are expected to remain closed until 11 May. Exceptions are, among others, grocery stores and health care facilities. Schools will also remain closed until 11 May. The Federal Council also calls on the population to avoid all unnecessary contact, to keep their distance and recommends various hygiene measures. These protect against illness and help to avoid infecting other people.

The Federal Council recommends the following hygiene measures:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly
  • Don’t shake hands
  • Cough and sneeze into a paper tissue or the crook of your arm
  • Stay at home
  • Always call ahead before going to the doctor’s or the emergency department
  • Keep your distance

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