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Old May 27th, 2020, 08:46 AM
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Are they doing any antibody testing, to try to see if prevalence is higher than the official case numbers?
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Old May 27th, 2020, 11:06 AM
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Antibody testing is being done to see if the person has had the virus. I'm not sure how those tests are being utilized in reporting data.
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Old May 27th, 2020, 11:31 AM
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Roche actually developed what is supposedly the most accurate antibody test.

I think Germany was going to do antibody testing of a large number of people to determine how many people may have had it in their population.
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Old May 28th, 2020, 01:27 AM
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As far as I know you are only tested if you have symptoms. However I was told by my pharmacist that within a few weeks self administered tests will be available for everyone for about 30frs. Seems it will be a matter of pricking a finger, getting some blood and then a machine will test the blood very quickly. We'll see. I would definitely do that when it is available at that price (now you can do it but it costs around 100frs). Also a tracking app is being tested which when put into use we will download onto our phones and then if we come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus we will be called and presumably tested too.
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Old May 28th, 2020, 02:02 AM
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Hambagahle, we have that app. Not enough people have downloaded it here yet, though.
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Old May 28th, 2020, 11:23 PM
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Here in CH it is in a test phase. Anyone with an Android phone can download it. I think it will be available for iPhones soon. I shall certainly get it when I can.
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Old May 29th, 2020, 01:31 PM
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According to the BBC:

What about tourism elsewhere in Europe?

  • Greece says it will start reopening its airports to tourists from 29 countries from 15 June. They include 16 EU countries, but not countries hit hardest by Covid-19: the UK, France, Spain and Italy
  • Spain says that from 1 July tourists will be allowed in without having to spend 14 days in quarantine
  • Italy plans to allow in tourists from EU countries from 3 June, when mandatory quarantine for visitors will be lifted
  • France plans to reopen borders from 15 June, initially to tourists from Switzerland and Germany
  • Switzerland plans to reopen its borders with France, Germany and Austria on 15 June, but not with Italy
  • Cyprus plans to reopen its airports on 9 June to a number of countries seen as low risk, including Germany, Greece, Israel and Malta, but the UK and Russia are not among them
  • On 28 May Croatia reopened its borders without restrictions to citizens from 10 EU countries seen as low risk, including Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland.
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Old May 30th, 2020, 12:41 AM
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Infections have risen from 10 to 36. We're watching these statistics very closely right now and hope the predicted second wave isn't already showing its ugly head.
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Old May 30th, 2020, 12:55 AM
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According to the Tages Anzeiger - which publishes daily statistics - yesterday (29 May) 16 new infections were registered, not 36. However the "R factor" went from .69 to .8. In most countries .8 would be seen as good but the fact that it increased, IMO, is not good. Two of the newly infected were children which is also troubling. Infections are listed as 3 in Zürich, 2 in Basel Stadt, 3 in Ticino and then one each in: Vaud, Valais, Bern, Fribourg, Thurgau, Jura and Aarau.
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Old May 30th, 2020, 11:14 PM
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Getting better! Yesterday (30 May) only 5 new cases in Switzerland and the R-factor has gone back down to .69
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Old May 31st, 2020, 05:55 AM
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https://github.com/daenuprobst/covid...es-switzerland

"Infections have risen from 10 to 36*
That's because the Canton of Berne discovered that 24 older cases had not been reported in time. They added them to the only new case they found on October 30th.. They found another new positive case this morning.
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Old May 31st, 2020, 09:32 AM
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Maybe I missed it, but what does R Factor refer to?
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Old May 31st, 2020, 09:35 AM
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It’s actually R-nought, R with a subscript 0.

it means how many other people a person with an infectious disease will infect.

When it is above 1, that means the infection is spreading in the population.

If below 1, infections should decrease.

Merkel made it a public goal early on to drive the R0 below 1. Helped to have someone with a science background.

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Old May 31st, 2020, 11:00 AM
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Thanks for that.
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Old May 31st, 2020, 11:51 PM
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Today - 4 new infections nation-wide and R factor holding at .69

All good!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2020, 01:28 PM
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Several EU/Schengen nations have announced plans to open their borders to other EU visitors by June 15. I believe France and Germany just announced such plans as well.

Switzerland is far less committal than other countries:

Easing of restrictions from 15 June 2020

The definitive arrangements for the easing of restrictions that begins on 15 June will be finalised in due course and published on this webpage. We therefore recommend that you check our website regularly for the latest information.

Controls on the borders with Germany, Austria and France should be lifted on 15 June provided the pandemic situation allows.

The Federal Council also intends to reintroduce the complete free movement of persons and lift all travel restrictions to and from Schengen states, starting from mid-June. The process should be completed by 6 July 2020 at the latest.


https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...l%20travellers

Well I have a flight scheduled from the US to LHR on 15 July, arriving 16 July, then a separate flight to ZHR, with plans to visit France from LaVaux and then flying out of GVA on 2 August.


I would love to be able to do this trip, which I booked last fall. But I've already missed a couple of other trips this year due to the pandemic, so it may not be meant to be, to travel internationally this year.

I have no problems with countries being more cautious than other countries which are under financial pressure to try to salvage tourism. For instance, Italy is planning to open up borders to EU and Schengen starting today, 3 June.

But the Swiss SEM pointedly said not so fast as far as the Swiss-Italian border:

Italy has announced that it will lift its controls on borders with neighbouring countries within the Schengen Area on 3 June 2020. Switzerland has informed Italy that lifting controls on its borders with Italy on this date would still be too early. The Federal Council plans in the coming weeks to coordinate this step and any accompanying health-related measures at the borders with Italy and countries neighbouring Italy. It will include the border cantons, and especially Ticino, in its discussions.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2020, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by scrb11 View Post
Several EU/Schengen nations have announced plans to open their borders to other EU visitors by June 15. I believe France and Germany just announced such plans as well.

Switzerland is far less committal than other countries:



https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...l%20travellers

Well I have a flight scheduled from the US to LHR on 15 July, arriving 16 July, then a separate flight to ZHR, with plans to visit France from LaVaux and then flying out of GVA on 2 August.


I would love to be able to do this trip, which I booked last fall. But I've already missed a couple of other trips this year due to the pandemic, so it may not be meant to be, to travel internationally this year.

I have no problems with countries being more cautious than other countries which are under financial pressure to try to salvage tourism. For instance, Italy is planning to open up borders to EU and Schengen starting today, 3 June.

But the Swiss SEM pointedly said not so fast as far as the Swiss-Italian border:
Are your flights still scheduled? I had July flights on BA from CA > LHR > ZRH & return that were just cancelled within the last couple of days. Even if some European countries are open, we may not be able to access any flights to get to them. I don't know if those with direct flights to the continent may have better "luck."
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Old Jun 3rd, 2020, 03:59 PM
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Are your flights still scheduled? I had July flights on BA from CA > LHR > ZRH & return that were just cancelled within the last couple of days. Even if some European countries are open, we may not be able to access any flights to get to them. I don't know if those with direct flights to the continent may have better "luck."
Currently my flights are scheduled, though my transatlantic flights to LHR have been changed from nonstop to one-stop flights, adding hours both ways. That is on United.

Then from London, I have a ticket on Swiss Airlines to fly from LHR to ZRH and return from GVA to LHR. Swiss Air is still showing those flights on schedule. But I've heard that they expect to operate only 10-20% of their flights, rising to about 50% by end of year.

Even if they operate these flights, it could be that US passport holders would not be allowed to enter Switzerland, in which case I may really be out of luck even getting a refund or a credit.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2020, 05:48 PM
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Even if they operate these flights, it could be that US passport holders would not be allowed to enter Switzerland, in which case I may really be out of luck even getting a refund or a credit.
If all else fails, maybe a voucher... Everyone likes to complain about BA but they've been easy enough to work with except for having to hold on the phone. If it gets too long I hang up and call another time.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2020, 11:23 PM
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New infections as of yesterday: 19
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