International Men's Club of Zug

CoVid-19 / SARS-2

2020-11-11 14:02 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

In view of the resurgence of CoViD-19 cases, we are reverting to holding our Stammtisch virtually. Please consult our calendar for the latest information. To prevent unauthorized eavesdropping, you will need an authorization code to join, which will be distributed in our President's weekly e-mail bulletin.  If you aren't yet on our mailing list, just contact any board member

Please note, that the federal government has required face masks in all publicly accessible indoor spaces and at all public transport access points across Switzerland. In addition, spontaneous gatherings of more than 15 people in public areas are not permitted and the federal government is again recommending people to work from home. Please note that restrictions also apply to those arriving from other countries.

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has recently launched a website summarizing the recent statistics. An overview of the current measures and a list of FAQ are posted here A more detailed document is posted here.

The Canton of Zug has established central coordination for those needing help owing to the pandemic.  For further information, please see this brochure or this article in Zug4You.  The Fachstelle Migration Zug (FMZ) also has a list of sources of information about the Swiss federal government's measures against CoViD-19.  Here is some general information about pandemic countermeasures from Zug's Department of Economic Affairs (Volkswirtschaftsdirektion). Further information on the recent updates of government policy regarding unemployment insurance and large gatherings can be found here.  However, the regulations concerning large gatherings appear to be currently in flux.

For the latest news and authoritative information on CoViD-19, please consult the websites of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO)COVID-19 Information for Switzerland has excellent visualizations of the latest available data for Switzerland.  Another good source of statistics for Switzerland is this page from the Tages-Anzeiger, which is updated daily.  A good source of visualizations of international data is Our World in Data.

Many misconceptions about the virus and measures against it are in circulation.  Please refer to the WHO Myth-Busters page and the Wikipedia page, "Misinformation related to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic" for details.  The independent British fact-checker is also a good source of verified information about CoViD-19 / SARS-CoV2.  Their website includes some good tips for assessing the veracity of information yourself.

Those who would like to know more about the available diagnostic technology may find this IEEE article interesting.  A major manufacturer of the mentioned PCR diagnostic equipment is right here in Canton Zug: Roche Diagnostics in Rotkreuz.  In addition, antigen-based quick tests have been approved for use by professional medical staff starting November 2nd.  A vaccine will take a long time to be proven safe and to be manufactured in enough quantity for widespread use. A preventive or inhibiting medication such as NB6 , may be available sooner. Meanwhile, it is possible that the seasonal flu vaccine will provide some cross-immunity. 

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