Along with vaccination and safety and hygiene measures, testing is a fundamental means of controlling COVID-19. Testing can quickly help identify a COVID-19 infection case even when there are no symptoms and to take all necessary précautions to avoid transmission.
When in contact with a COVID-19 case, one can be infected. In order to detect the infection before any symptoms appear, and bearing in mind that one third of people infected with COVID-19 have no symptoms, a test is strongly recommended in case of contact with a confirmed case.
This is why testing is strongly recommended at the start of a contact quarantine - i.e. a quarantine for people who have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19, within a given institution, for instance an elderly people's home, a business workplace or a school.
Furthermore, a negative test on the seventh day of the quarantine allows the quarantine to be lifted.
In the absence of symptoms and of known exposure to a COVID-19 case
Henceforth, the FOPH recommends personalised testing with a rapid antigen test. Referred to as a "comfort test", this kind of test can be carried out, for example, before visiting a vulnerable relative or before taking part in an event involving several people not living in the same household, in order to limit the risk of transmission. These tests are reimbursed by the Confederation at a rate of 1 test per week and per person.
Since 15th March 2021, the Confederation has implemented a new testing strategy that also promotes the screening of asymptomatic persons without any known contact with COVID-19. It involves mainly targeted and repetitve testing in professional and educational settings, as well as comfort testing. This strategic shift that requires enormous logistics, collaboration and coordination. Its implementation in the canton is progressive since 22nd March 2021.
- 90% of COVID-19 cases occur within 7 days of the last contact with a positive person.
- 1/3 of people infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic but can transmit the virus.
- During the imposed quarantine period following a contact with someone who is infected with COVID-19, 1 in 5 people become positive.
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