2. When should one get tested ?
Testing is recommended at the first sign of any symptom consistent with COVID-19, but also in other circumstances, should the epidemiological situation require it.
You should be screened in the following cases :
There are chances that you have contracted a coronavirus infection if you have at least one of the following symptoms:
- Acute respiratory problems (coughing, sore throat, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain);
- Sudden loss of the sense of smell or taste;
- Muscle aches, headaches, general fatigue, common cold, gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g. nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain), skin rashes;
- Acute confused state in an elderly person;
- Deterioration in the general condition of an elderly person due to no known cause.
To assess your likelihood of having contracted the coronavirus, answer the Coronarisk online questionnaire.
A test is recommended by the MSC on the 7th day of quarantine following close contact with a positive person, even without symptoms. It is important to be aware that one person in five becomes positive during quarantine and it is important to take prompt action to avoid transmission if the test is positive. If the test is negative, the quarantine will be lifted. However, the mask must be worn outside the home and a distance of 1.5m must be maintained until the 10th day of quarantine.
If you are registered with the Swisscovid application, you may receive an alert informing you that you have been in contact with a person who has tested positive, and recommending that you get tested.
A test is recommended on the first day and fifth day of your quarantine if you are returning from the UK, Ireland, South Africa and Brazil.
Tests may also be undertaken outside the cantonal doctor's office's recommendations. In this case, they are subject to a fee. For example :
If you are in quarantine after returning from a trip, it is also possible to perform a test from the 7th day and shorten the quarantine if the test is negative. However, the mask must be worn outside the home and a distance of 1.5m must be kept until the 10th day of quarantine.
Some airlines or countries require a negative COVID-19 test before boarding and landing in the country. PCR tests are recommended ; however for some countries rapid tests are sufficient. Check the requirements of your airline or country of destination. These tests are taken at the expense of the traveller.
Some employers may recommend testing of their employees in order to avoid contamination within the company. This is especially the case in companies or healthcare facilities, such as nursing homes for the elderly or for handicapped persons, in order to stop the chain of transmission as quickly as possible.