The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus outbreak in early 2020 started a global pandemic. The virus causes Covid-19 disease. Many infected people only developed mild symptoms but many fell seriously ill. A vaccination is available that protects against severe outcomes. Behavioural and hygiene rules help to limit transmission. The pandemic shows us how important it is for everyone to have access to clear health information.
Behavioural and hygiene measures to protect against infection are an important way to combat the pandemic. The most important of these are: keep your distance, wash your hands, cough/sneeze into a handkerchief or the crook of your arm, and stay at home if you experience symptoms. The FOPH has published videos and leaflets about these measures in various languages.
The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) provides information, videos and leaflets on its vaccination campaign. These materials are easy to understand and available in up to 25 languages.
A lot of information is circulating about the Covid-19 vaccination. But the quality of this information varies considerably. Here you will find a list of the most common ‘vaccination myths’ debunked by experts in various media formats and languages.
After a Covid-19 infection, some people suffer from persistent health issues weeks or even months later. These are referred to ‘post-Covid-19 syndrome’ or ‘post-Covid complications’. In everyday language, these symptoms are usually called ‘long Covid’.
The coronavirus can be particularly dangerous for people with certain pre-existing conditions. There is increased risk, especially in cases of non-communicable diseases (NCD), such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory illnesses and mental health issues.
Many people don’t realize that coronavirus can have severe consequences. People who catch COVID-19 and become seriously ill or suffer from long COVID go through a difficult time that turns their lives upside down. A COVID-19 vaccination can protect you from this. In the following videos, people affected tell their personal stories.
Since the start of the pandemic, there has been an enormous amount of information about the virus, the risks of infection and protective measures. It is not always easy for the population to keep track and recognize trustworthy information. You can find answers to frequently asked questions and some background information about Covid-19 here.
Recommendations regarding Covid-19 and the vaccinations are constantly changing. So that you as a professional can maintain an overview and to help you advise your target group, here are some useful links and publications in various languages.