Corona virus (COVID-19)
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
(Photo by CDC on Unsplash)
We reserve our commentary as it might simply be a non-useful addition to the mass of opinions and speculations already out there.
The Swiss federal government has decreed no gatherings of more than 1000, individual cantons can lower that and Bern for one has said no more than 50.
Geneva’s largest event, the annual motor show (estimated 600,000 visitors over 10 days) – has been cancelled. Good decision particularly for those employees who would have needed to interact with visitors from all over the world really closely face-to-face. Yet this will have major economic and perhaps even image repercussions for the state of Geneva and its privileged reputation for the auto salon.
A piano trio concert in late February went ahead but with “some sections of the hall closed” – the hall has a capacity of 1640 so this action reduced the number of people to below the 1000 limit – were we safer?
There is no miraculous response – we must all follow reasonable guidelines for avoiding and not helping to spread the virus; not like fellow travelers in a very crowded train from Geneva to Zurich with people who clearly did not hear or did not understand or did not want to understand the potential consequences of their unrestrained coughs and sneezes. Both those of us who are masochists and those others who are egoists will help to spread the virus. We all have some changes to make.