Infectiologist Günthard considers the test requirement for travelers from China to be ineffective
Only compulsory vaccination would help
In China, the number of corona infections has recently risen rapidly. Now the EU has agreed on a stricter entry regime. Switzerland is waiting.
Since this week, the EU states have been “urgently requested” to introduce a test requirement for travelers from China.
Sven ZauggEditor Sunday view
The violent corona wave in China is fueling concern in Europe about new virus variants. Since this week, the EU states have been “strongly urged” to introduce a test requirement for travelers from China. The same demands SVP faction leader Thomas Aeschi. He calls for an immediate corona test obligation for travelers from China “to protect the Swiss population from possible mutations”. The president of the commissions for social security and health in the National Council wants to submit the corresponding application to the management of Health Minister Alain Berset next week.
However, such a mandatory test is controversial. Infectiologist Huldrych Günthard from the University Hospital Zurich says: “From a virological point of view, such tests make zero sense.” There is currently no evidence that the virus that is currently rampant in China is more dangerous than the virus variants in Europe. The Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) also sees it this way: It cannot be assumed that the current infection process in China will pose an increased risk to our health system.
One effective measure, according to infectiologist Günthard, is only vaccination: “If we were to introduce compulsory vaccination for travelers from China with immediate effect, we could reduce the risk of the health system being overloaded.” In addition, the wastewater from airports with international traffic could be examined for Covid viruses and the samples could be sequenced if necessary, says Günthard. You do not currently have to provide proof of vaccination, recovery or tests to enter Switzerland.