BAG director Anne Lévy – “One day we will learn to live with Covid”
– “One day we will learn to live with Covid”
The director of the Federal Office of Public Health is surprised at the rapid rise in the corona numbers.
The director of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), Anne Lévy, expressed concern in an interview about the resurgence of the corona numbers. «We knew they would rise when we open. But we didn’t expect it to rise so much so early. “
The pandemic is not over yet, the situation is difficult to assess, Lévy told the “NZZ am Sonntag”. As for the reason for the relatively strong increase, the 50-year-old Bernese chief official said that people are generally less careful since they were vaccinated and that there are hardly any more measures.
On Friday, the BAG reported 619 new coronavirus infections for Switzerland and Liechtenstein within 24 hours. A week earlier there were 323 cases.
At the moment, it is mainly younger people who are infected, Lévy said. It would be threatening if the infections jumped over from the young to the unvaccinated of the older generations and hospitalizations rose sharply again.
Covid certificate for a restaurant visit?
Should the situation worsen, according to Lévy, it would be possible to expand the use of Covid certificates, for example to visits to restaurants. “That would definitely be better than renewed closings,” she said.
The BAG director worries about the many over 50-year-olds without a vaccination. “They are more likely to develop a more serious illness than younger people.”
Two thirds of those who can vaccinate are vaccinated, according to Lévy. Of those at risk, 85 percent have been vaccinated at least once. Not enough for Lévy: “We have to succeed in motivating more people to vaccinate.”
Protective measures as normal
The BAG director warned against carelessness in dealing with the pandemic. “To say now, ‘It’s okay to infect it, then it’s over” would be reckless. ” Covid-19 could be a serious illness. There are difficult courses, even in younger people. There are long-term consequences.
In the opinion of the BAG boss, the virus will no longer be completely removed: “One day we will learn to live with Covid.” Protective measures could then become the norm: «Just like in Asian countries. There it is natural to wear a mask if you have a cold. “